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Former nuclear engineering professor Harold Forsen dies

Harold K. Forsen
Harold K. Forsen

Harold K. Forsen, a former UW-Madison professor of nuclear engineering who also enjoyed a distinguished corporate career, died March 7 in California. Forsen joined the UW-Madison nuclear engineering department as a professor in 1965 and also served as director of the UW-Madison Physical Sciences Laboratory from 1970 to 1972. In 1973, he joined the Exxon Nuclear Company in Bellevue, Washington, where he managed and directed its laser isotope separation program. In 1981, he joined Bechtel Corporation, becoming a senior vice president and manager of technology. Forsen earned a College of Engineering distinguished achievement award in 1984 for his contributions to laser isotope separation, controlled thermonuclear research, and industrial systems. Forsen was a longtime friend and adviser to the Department of Engineering Physics and served on its Industrial Advisory Board. Condolences can be sent to his son, John

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