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Joseph Goldstein 1939-2015

Joseph I. Goldstein, former Lehigh professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research, passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2015. He was 76.

Goldstein was a Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and formerly their Dean of Engineering. He obtained his B.S., S.M., and Sc.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

During his tenure at Lehigh University, Goldstein founded the Lehigh Microscopy School in 1970 by establishing the Scanning Electron Microscopy short course that became its foundation. He developed successful proposals for the establishment of the Ben Franklin Advanced Technology Center, the Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems, the Center for Polymer Science and Engineering, the Center for Molecular Bioscience and Biotechnology, and the Institute for Marine Sciences.

He authored hundreds of papers in the field of microanalysis during his career. Most notably, he was lead author of the renowned textbook, Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-ray Microanalysis, first published in 1981, which remains the standard today.

Acknowledging his leadership in quantitative SEM and AEM X-ray microanalysis, Goldstein was elected a fellow of the Microscopy Society of America in 2010. He also received the highest award of the Meteoritical Society, the Leonard Medal, for work on metal, phosphide, carbide, and sulphide in meteorites and lunar rocks; the formation of the Widmanstätten pattern and the determination of cooling rates in irons, stony-irons, and chondrites; the nature of plessite and martensite formation; and determinations of phase diagrams for the Fe-Ni, Fe-Ni-P, Fe-Ni-Co, Fe-Ni-C, and Fe-Ni-S systems.

Goldstein was a member of the International Metallographic Society, which awarded him the Henry Clifton Sorby Award in 1999 to honor a lifetime achievement in the field of metallurgy, and a member of the Microanalysis Society, which awarded him the Duncumb Award for Excellence in Microanalysis in 2008.

His research into the nature of outer-space materials led to the naming of an asteroid in his honor, 4989 Joegoldstein, in 2000.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Lehigh mourn Dr. Goldstein’s passing, and would like to express our sincerest sympathy to his family.

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