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Anthony Starace, George Holmes University Professor of physics, died Sept. 5 from complications related to pancreatitis. He was 74.
Starace was born July 24, 1945, in the Queens borough of New York City. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in 1966 before moving west to the University of Chicago, where he earned his doctorate under adviser Ugo Fano in 1971. It was in Chicago that he met Katherine Fritz of Beatrice, Nebraska, his wife of 51 years.
Following a postdoctoral appointment at Imperial College London, Starace moved to Lincoln as an assistant professor in 1973 and rapidly rose through the ranks, becoming a professor in 1981 and George Holmes University Professor in 2001.
Starace was one of the world’s leading experts in the physics of atomic photo-ionization. At the turn of the century, he became a pioneer in the field of attosecond science, in which extremely intense laser pulses of extremely short duration interact with nanoscale targets.