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Bernard Vonnegut, a Fellow of AGU, the American Meteorological Society, and the Royal Meteorological Society, died of cancer in Albany, N.Y. on April 25, 1997. At 82, he was still an active and innovative scientist serving as both Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the State University of New York, at Albany and Honorary President of the International Commission of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics.

Vonnegut became fascinated with science when he was young, and his curiosity continued throughout his life. Although he was initially educated as a chemist, his interests ranged far beyond, into meteorology, cloud physics, atmospheric electricity, aerosols, and many other fields in which he made significant contributions. In 1941, he devised a novel method for measuring surface tension that is now employed to characterize surfactants used in petroleum recovery.