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UB Physicist Mendel Sachs to Be Honored At Symposium

By Mary Beth Spina

Release Date: August 18, 1997

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Two Nobel laureates and a best-selling author will be among those honoring internationally known University at Buffalo physicist Mendel Sachs, Ph.D., at a symposium to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7, in the Center for Tomorrow on the UB North (Amherst) Campus.

Speakers at the event, "Fragments in Science: A Symposium in Honor of the Retirement of Professor Mendel Sachs," will include Willis E. Lamb, Jr. of the University of Arizona, who won the Nobel Prize in physics, and Herbert Hauptman, UB research professor of biophysical sciences, who won the prize in chemistry.

Buffalo native and UB graduate Clifford Stoll, author of "The Cuckoo's Egg," will speak at a banquet to be held at 7 p.m. in the University Inn and Conference Center, 2401 N. Forest Road, Amherst. Stoll wrote the best-seller based on his computer sleuthing that led to a group of international hackers.

Sachs, who joined the UB Department of Physics in 1966, retired this spring.

Noted for his work in quantum theory, he has authored two books for laymen on Einstein's theory of relativity.

Among the speakers at the symposium and their topics will be James H. Bunn, UB professor of English, "Relationship of Literature to Physics;" Lillian Hoddeson, University of Illinois, "The Invention of the Transistor and the Reality of the Hole;" Marcus Cohen, University of New Mexico, "A Non-Linear Twist on Inertia à la Mendel Sachs," and Joe Rosen, University of Arkansas, "Other Worlds."

Sachs will be the final speaker of the symposium, discussing "The Influence of the Physics and Philosophy of Einstein's Relativity on My Attitudes in Science: An Autobiography."

The symposium, sponsored by the UB Department of Physics, will be free and open to the public. Banquet tickets are $26.

For banquet reservations or more information, contact Michael Ram at (716)-645-2539 or by e-mail at phymram@ice.physics.buffalo.edu.