Jene Golovchenko, 1946-2018

November 30, 2018
Portrait of Prof. Jene Golovchenko

It is with great sadness that we announce that Jene Golovchenko passed away on November 13, 2018.


Jene was a fantastic colleague, teacher, mentor, and friend. His creativity, intuition, and unusual insights were truly remarkable. His journey from the Bronx, to Denmark, to Bell Labs, and then to Harvard gave him a unique perspective that generations of students have benefitted from. His Freshman Seminar, “The Physics and Applied Physics Freshman Research Laboratory,” was legendary, and very many students, including several of our current Harvard colleagues, had their most formative science experience in this class.

We will be celebrating Jene’s science and teaching at a symposium in the spring.