1929 - 2023
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Source: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/bo ... d=51988008 Accessed: 2023-05-22THORNTON, Dr. Richard D. Passed away at 93, at his Newbury Court residence in Concord, MA, on May 16, 2023. Born on September 24, 1929 in Scarsdale, NY, he attended high school in Wellesley, MA, attended Princeton University as an undergraduate, and got his PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He stayed at MIT as a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science for more than 40 years. While teaching, Dick formed a company, Thornton Associates, that pioneered water purity measurements through resistivity computations. His research interests included high-speed electrodynamic systems and urban electromagnetic systems. In the 1970s, he both participated in the MIT electric car race across the country annually and worked on Maglev as the next form of transportation. His Maglev work ultimately led him to form a second company, MagneMotion, with several of his graduate students.