Colin Wood

Colin Edwin Conisbee Wood

April 27, 1945 - September 26, 2019
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Colin Edwin Conisbee Wood, of Davidsonville MD, lost his courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on September 26,2019. He died peacefully with his family by his side. He was born in St. Annes, England on April 27, 1945.
He graduated from Nottingham University in England, first with a Ph.D in Chemistry and then in 2005 was awarded Doctor of Science.
He started his career as a research scientist at Phillips Research Laboratories where he developed a technique called Molecular Beam Epitaxy. He was head-hunted by Cornell University and emigrated to Ithaca in 1978 where he helped develop the Cornell Sub Micron Center. He returned to England briefly in 1982 to work at General Electric Research Laboratories. During that time he was a Visiting Industrial Professor at the Cavendish Laboratory of Cambridge University and the University of Cardiff. In 1987 he was awarded the Clifford C. Patterson medal from the Institute of Physics for contributions to electronic materials research.
He returned to Ithaca in 1988. Subsequently, he worked at the Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the University of Maryland and finally as a Program Officer at the Office of Naval Research in Arlington, VA.
In 1999, he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society for pioneering and original contributions to the crystal growth of III-V materials by MBE, including the discovery of RHEED oscillation, delta-doping and low temperature GaAs.
He was an avid bird-watcher, visiting 72 countries in pursuit of his passion. He also loved gardening, crabbing and bee-keeping.
Colin is survived by his wife Ann of 52 years, his beloved daughter Catherine, son Andrew, daughter-in-law Kristen, grandchildren Emma and Miles, and brother Robin and family in England.
A private family memorial is planned.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Doctors without Borders
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Larry Cooper

Posted at 11:19pm
I am so sad for all his family. He was a best friend. He educated me into many things while working together at ONR.
A great friend. A great person. A great scientist.
Leaving great memories.
Larry Cooper

Eicke Weber

Posted at 11:37am
Colin was one of the pillars of forward-looking research funding at AFOSR, and did a great service to many of us in the semiconductor materails science community. We will not forget him, and consider to organize a special scientific memorial for him and his colleague Jerry Witt from AFOSR, who left us in August.
Eicke R. Weber
Ret. Prof. of Materials Science, UC Berkeley

Prof. Tadeusz Suski

Posted at 06:43am
I am Tadek Suski from Poland. This news about passing Colin away was very depressing for me. In spite of the fact that Colin infomed me about his health problems.
I owe Colin a lot in my scientific career. I attended many famous workshops organized by him during the best time of nitride semiconductors. Colin helped me many times to participate in these events. It gace us many opportunities to talk about lifr and our families. Being in similar age made the broad understanding possible. I will keep my best memory about Collin.

Bill Coblenz

Posted at 02:02pm
As a colleague of Colin’s during his ONR years, I greatly appreciated the work he did in seeding next generation technology. I also appreciated his sense of humor most often shared via email, another way in which he saw the world in a different light.

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