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George Wolga, professor emeritus, dies at 85

Monday, December 19, 2016

George Wolga, professor emeritus (ECE), died Dec. 16 in Ithaca, N.Y. He was 85.

Wolga was a professor at Cornell from the 1960s to the 1990s, according to Clif Pollock, director (ECE), who says Wolga built the first ruby and HeNe lasers at Cornell and was a strong force in guiding the department.

"He was legendary for teaching 306, which was a required course on quantum mechanics. He was a great instructor. I have used his course outlines for several courses I have taught over the years. Many of our alumni will remember him," said Pollock.

No funeral or memorial is planned per Wolga's wishes.

More about Wolga's research and legacy can be found in the 1997 edition of ECE Connections, which can be downloaded from Cornell's eCommons.

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