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PEVSNER — On June 17, 2018, Dr. Aihud Pevsner, Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University, died at his Roland Park Place residence from cancer. He was born in Haifa, British Palestine, on December 18, 1925, to Yoshua Pevsner, who emigrated to Palestine from Belarus as a youth and Esther Ben-Yeshaia, a third-generation member of a Jerusalem family. In 1928 his family moved to New York. Dr. Pevsner served in the U.S. Navy 1944-45. He married Lucille Wolf in 1949. They were undergraduate and graduate students at Columbia University, from which Aihud received a PhD in physics. After a faculty position at MIT, Dr. Pevsner moved to Johns Hopkins University in 1956, where he introduced experimental high-energy physics as a new field of study. A highlight of his extensive experimental work was the discovery by his group of the the Eta meson, crucial to the development of the Standard Model of particle physics. [It was named in honor of Hopkins, the Greek Eta being equivalent to “H.”] Dr. Pevsner served a term as department chair in the 1970s, he was a fellow of the American Physical Society and a Trustee of Associated Universities, Inc. Other honors he received include two fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and a Senior Research Fulbright Fellowship. In 1977, he became the first recipient of the Jacob L. Hain endowed professorship in the Division of Arts and Sciences. In addition to his wife, he leaves children Mark Pevsner of Boston, Laura Cheshire of New York City and Jonathan Pevsner of Baltimore; daughters-in-law Jesseca Ferguson and Barbara Pevsner; and grandchildren Madeline Cheshire and Ava and Lillian Pevsner. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane, on Wednesday, June 20, at 2 p.m. Interment at Oheb Shalom Memorial Park, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers.

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