James Truran, pioneer in nuclear astrophysics and beloved colleague, 1940-2022

March 6, 2022

Prof. Emeritus James W. Truran

Prof. Emeritus James W. Truran, who helped lay the foundations for our understanding of how virtually all elements of the universe were created in stellar explosions, died March 5. He was 81.

“Jim was a pioneer with an astounding breadth and depth of knowledge in nuclear astrophysics; but he was also an incredibly kind and friendly colleague and mentor,” said Donald Lamb, the Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Astronomy and Astrophysics at UChicago and a close friend and colleague of Truran’s for decades. “He was a true treasure.”

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