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Photo of Professor of Applied Biological Sciences Milton Sommerfeld in his laboratory.

Professor of Applied Biological Sciences Milton Sommerfeld inspects tubes of algae at the Laboratory of Algae Research and Biotechnology at ASU’s Polytechnic campus. Photographer: Deanna Dent/ASUNEWS

Esteemed scientist and teacher Milton Sommerfeld passed away on May 16, 2017. Sommerfeld was one of the nation’s top experts on algae, having spent five decades researching and engineering its uses from biofuel to food to cleaning up environmental threats. At ASU he was known as the “Wizard of Ooze” for his role as an algae evangelist.

Read more about Sommerfeld’s life and career.

Faculty are invited to attend his memorial on May 27, 2017.

Saturday, May 27, 2017
9:30 a.m.
King of Glory Lutheran Church, 2085 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282

Sommerfeld’s family requests donations to the Milton Sommerfeld Fund to Advance Algae Research in lieu of flowers. Please make checks payable to the ASU Foundation and send to PO Box 2260, Attn Cash Receipting, Tempe, AZ  85280 with “In Memory of Milton Sommerfeld” noted, or send donations online. Gifts will go to a permanently endowed fund to assist students.

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