October 27, 2016

Dear Members of our Campus Community:

I am saddened to share with you the news that Professor Emeritus David Caldwell passed away last month.

Professor Caldwell joined our physics faculty in 1965, and was the founder of the high energy particle physics group here. He was highly regarded and cited worldwide for his research on neutrino physics and searches for dark matter. He was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, a Ford Foundation Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and received the U.S. Distinguished Senior Scientist Award from the von Humboldt Foundation. He was editor of the book Current Aspects of Neutrino Physics, published in 2001.

He earned his Ph.D. in nuclear physics at UCLA in 1953, and was a professor at MIT for several years before coming to UC Santa Barbara. He was also affiliated with the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.

Dr. Caldwell’s friends and colleagues remember his wide-ranging knowledge and lively curiosity about the workings of the universe; he enjoyed hiking and playing tennis with Enrico Fermi, and consulted with family friend Walt Disney on the 1950s television episode “Our Friend the Atom.”

Our hearts go out to his wife, Edie; to his children, Diana and Bruce; and to his wide circle of family, friends, and colleagues. Our campus flag has been lowered in his honor.


Henry T. Yang