Harald H. Rossi, Professor Emeritus of Columbia University, outstanding pioneer in radiation research, and the originator of a new area of radiation studies which he termed microdosimetry, died at his home in Upper Nyack, NY, on January 1, 2000. He had suffered from heart disease, but retaining, at age 82, all his spirits and creativity, he was glad to welcome with irrepressible optimism the beginning of the new millennium.

The son of an Austrian family deeply rooted in the arts and literature, Harald was, during his formative years, immersed in the stormy evolution of culture and sciences which was nowhere more varied and lively than in Vienna. The influences of this period guided his interests in art, science and philosophy, and these interests and his extraordinary range of knowledge remained inseparable from his scientific genius.

Shortly after beginning his studies in Vienna in art history...

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