It is with great sadness that we pass along the news that George Flynn, Higgins Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Chemical Engineering, died on January 8, 2020
Professor Flynn joined the Columbia faculty in 1967. He was a pioneer in the use of lasers to probe molecular dynamics in gases and liquids and the use of Scanning Tunneling Microscopy to study the structure of solid surfaces and the properties of graphene. Among his many honors are the Herbert P. Broida Prize in Chemical Physics, the E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy, the Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics, and his election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and National Academy of Sciences. Professor Flynn was a scholar and a gentleman, universally respected for his wisdom and sage advice by his colleagues and collaborators. He made a deep impact on Columbia through his service as Chair of the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Departments and Director of EMSI, and as an extraordinary teacher and mentor to all students–including many who have gone on to notable research careers as university professors. He was the recipient of the prestigious Mark Van Doren Teaching Prize for the excellence of his teaching in Freshman Chemistry. George’s passing is a huge loss to the Department of Chemistry and Columbia University.