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Jan Per Roalsvig

Published August 24, 2017

Jan Per Roalsvig, a retired associate professor of physics whose UB career spanned 35 years, died Aug. 16 in Buffalo after a short illness. He was 89.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst, 6320 Main St., Amherst.

A native of Norway, Roalsvig arrived at UB in 1962 after teaching at St. John’s University in Queens.

His research centered on photo-nuclear reactions, neutron-capture X-rays, decay of hyperfragments and Gamma-ray spectroscopy. While at UB, he served as a National Science Foundation research fellow at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Maryland. He also was a visiting research professor in Sweden, and at the University of British Columbia. He retired from UB in 1996.

Roalsvig majored in mathematics, chemistry and physics at University of Oslo, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1952. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the Norwegian Institute of Pedagogics, and also completed a master’s degree in physics at University of Oslo in 1955 and a doctorate in nuclear physics at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.

Donations may be made in Roalsvig's name to the Deptment of Physics for international students with financial needs. Please make checks payable to the UB Foundation and mail to Nicole Pannullo, Dept. of Physics, 239 Fronczak Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260.