I have recently become aware that Alex Harvey had passed away. (I don’t recall an earlier post of this information). I spent a semester at Queens’ in 1991-2 as a Visiting Distinguished Professor on Alex’s invitation. It was a very happy time when, apart from our overlapping interests in relativity, he took time to be my ‘dive buddy’ on the College’s scuba-diving course and introduced me to Thursday sailing races (on a 36ft boat named ‘Moveable Feast’, so not too serious…) at Port Washington. He was an engineer by original training and had, I believe, during his Army career, had a Presidential commendation for work on cryptography in the field (North Africa). Alex wrote a number of useful, if not outstanding, papers over many years, and also kept his friends and acquaintances supplied with frequent humorous emails… I’m sure I’m not the only relativist who will miss him
NY Times. Sept 14
HARVEY–Alexander Dr., noted physics professor dies at 95. Dr. Harvey taught at Queens College for 25 years where he became chairman of the Physics Dept. until his retirement in 1988. He served as an Army Captain during WWII. Dr. Harvey was a visiting scholar at NYU. He continued publishing papers until 2011. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Rhea Harvey, a brother Robert Harvey and nieces Susan Giordano and Mickie Mandel.