|Dr Branko Leskovar, born in Croatia's capital Zagreb, earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Zagreb. Since 1965 he worked atthe Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. His work in resolution studies of electro-optical devices has had profound benefits on development and manufacturing of new devices with significantly improved characteristics. These methods have been accepted world-wide by government and industrial laboratories. Upon retirement, he served as Scientific Advisor to numerous universities and US government agencies. He was a fellow of IEEE and Sigma Xi societies.|
July 2, 1930 - January 19, 2016
Born in Zagreb in 1930, Croatia, Branko Leskovar died on January 19th 2016. He was 85 years old. He started his early professional career as a brilliant student at the University of Zagreb, Croatia where he earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. In 1965 he was offered a temporary appointment at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, where he remained until retirement.
As Section Leader and a Principal Investigator at LBL, his group supported advanced research programs in physics, biology and medicine, orienting the research programs toward solving recognized problems in scientific instrumentation and the long term needs of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory departments and other Dept. of Energy Laboratories.
Over the course of his long professional career, he directed programs that resulted in more than 100 publications widely cited in the scientific literature. His work in resolution studies of electro-optical devices has had profound benefits on development and manufacturing of new devices with significantly improved characteristics. He greatly improved the accuracy and range of measuring methods in device resolution studies. These methods have been accepted world-wide by government and industrial laboratories. Upon retirement, he served as Scientific Advisor to numerous universities and US government agencies. He was a fellow of IEEE and Sigma Xi societies.
His outstanding scientific achievements earned him full recognition in his native country where he became a member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
A man of his word, with an equal measure of brilliant intellect and integrity, he cherished his family and enduring friendships that sustained him in difficult times during post war time and again after his first wife, Ema, passed away. He is survived by his devoted wife, Ana; his son, Dr. Tomislav Leskovar, MD; and extended family in the US and Croatia.
Interment will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, CA on January 26th, 2016. Contributions in Branko's name may be made to the Croatian Scholarship Fund, croatianscholarship.org.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 25, 2016
An extensive biography of Dr Branko Leskovar has been poblished by Croatian-American Society in Zagreb in the monograph Distinguished Croatian Scientists in the World 1 (1997),
Distinguished Croatian Scientists in the World 1 (1997)
Distinguished Croatian Scientists in the World 2 (2004)
Distinguished Croatian Scientists in the World 3 (2006)
Distinguished Croatian Scientists in the World 4 (2008)
Distinguished Croatian Scientists in the World 5 (2010)
Distinguished Croatian Scientists in the World 6 (2012)
Distinguished Croatian Scientists in the World 7 (2014)
Source Croatian-American Society
Dr. Branko Leskovar, svjetski poznati elektrotehničar i dopisni član Hrvatske akademije znanosti i umjetnosti (HAZU) umro je 19. siječnja u Kaliforniji u 86. godini, priopćeno je u četvrtak navečer iz HAZU-a.
Glavna područja istraživanja dr. Leskovara bili su detektori zračenja za akceleratore visokih energija, sigurnost nuklearnih reaktora i razvoj spektroskopskih metoda, Branko Leskovar rodio se u Zagrebu 1930., gdje je 1954. diplomirao, a 1963. doktorirao na zagrebačkom Elektrotehničkom fakultetu.
Od 1954. do 1963. radio je u Institutu Ruđer Bošković, gdje je sa skupinom istraživača, postavio temelje razvoja i primjene suvremene elektronike i elektroničke instrumentacije u Hrvatskoj. Od 1963. do 1965. dr. Leskovar bio je izvanredni docent na Elektrotehničkom fakultetu u Zagrebu, a od 1965. do kraja aktivne karijere, 1994. godine, bio je istraživač na Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Kalifornijskog sveučilišta u Berkeleyu.
Dopisni član HAZU u Razredu za matematičke, fizičke i kemijske znanosti bio je od 1988. godine, naveo je Marijan Lipovac iz Ureda za odnose s javnošću i medije HAZU-a.
Doktorska disertacija Branka Leskovara
Doktorska disertacija Branka Leskovara imala je naslov Koherentna detekcija električkih signala [PDF], 94 str. , a obranjena je dne 2. ožujka 1963. pred komisijom koju su činili sljedeći profesori:
U vrijeme obrane disertacije, B. Leskovar već ima jedan prihvaćen rad u časopisu Journal of Electronics and Control, 14 (1963), pod naslovom "The mean value of envelope of a sine coherent wave superimposed on the narrow-band Gaussian noise". U uvodnom dijelu se posebno zahvaljuje Dr. ing. M. Konradu za pomoć prilikom izrade radnje.
U kratkoj autobiografiji na kraju svoje doktorske disertacije, Branko Leskovar navodi da je rođen 2. srpnja 1930. godine u Zagrebu. Osnovnu školu i gimnaziju polazio je u Zagrebu, gdje je 1949. godine maturirao. Iste godine upisao se na Elelektrothenički odsjek Tehničkog fakulteta u Zagrebu (koji je godine 1956. postao ETF). Diplomirao je na Odjelu slabe struje 6. svibnja 1954. godine. Od 15. svibnja 1954. radio je na odjelu elektronike Insituta "Ruđer Bošković" (s prekidom od jedne godine 1954/55. zbog odsluženja vojnog roka).
Popis radova dr. Branka Leskovara dostupan je putem mrežnih stranica Središnje knjižnice FER-a.
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