Andrzej Zieminski

Oct 15, 1945 - Nov 1, 2007

IU physics professor Andrzej Zieminski, 62, died Thursday morning at 
his residence.

Born October 15, 1945 in Warsaw, Poland, Andrzej immigrated to the United 
States in 1980 and lived in College Park, Maryland, before moving to 
Bloomington in 1982. Before that, he was a professor at the University 
of Warsaw, from which he graduated in 1968.

Andrzej taught physics at Indiana University, where his research focused 
on elementary particle physics. Under Andrzej's leadership, Indiana 
University joined a large international research project at the Fermi 
National Laboratory near Chicago in 1985. The greatest achievement of the 
D-Zero experiment was the landmark 1995 discovery of the Top quark, 
a fundamental building block of nature, that helped scientists understand 
the forces of the universe.

Andrzej loved life and he loved people. He enjoyed world travel, 
mountains, opera, and world history, and was passionate about politics, 
both in his home country and in his adopted country. He climbed Mount Rainier 
in Washington State to celebrate his 40th birthday, and on his 50th birthday 
he accepted his son's invitation to travel to Tanzania to climb 
Mount Kilimanjaro. During his 62 years, Andrzej travelled to every 
continent except Antarctica, and was a frequent visitor to New York City, 
where he enjoyed performances, often standing, at the Metropolitan Opera.

He is survived by his wife, Daria, who was with him since adolescence; son 
Nick; daughter-in-law Alexis; and grandchildren, Max and Anna. 

To help establish a physics graduate student fellowship fund in Andrzej's
name, donations may be made to the IU Foundation (memo to Andrzej Zieminski
Fellowship) and sent c/o Dept. of Physics, Indiana University, Swain West 117, 
Bloomington, IN 47405. For further information contact Daria Zieminska at

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