Obituary: Giselda Eckhardt

Longtime Malibu resident and world renowned physicist Gisela Eckhardt passed away peacefully on Jan. 30, 2020. 

“She was a wonderful human being, a gift to anyone who had the luck to know her. She was a scientist, philanthropist, art patron, environmentalist and a vibrant conversationalist,” a loved one shared. “This is a loss for everyone in the wide community of science engaged in lasers and quantum electronics.”

Gisela was the co-developer of the Raman laser, and a huge inspiration to many scientists around the world.

Friends said they would remember her as a true role model, an inspiring woman with principles, a strong voice and a very kind heart. 

“She lived her life to the very limit of human intellectual and physical capacity,” a loved one shared. “She is sorely missed.”

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