Daniel Marc Gogny

Daniel Marc Gogny

Daniel Marc Gogny died May 25. He was 76.

Gogny was recently busy working on a scientific demonstration at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where he was a part-time consultant, and was very pleased that he had completed his demonstration.

Gogny was born June 20, 1938. He told the story of how he became a theoretical nuclear physicist this way. He said he was walking in the streets of Paris and ran into an old friend, who said “Hey there, what are you doing?” Daniel replied, “Not much, why?” The friend said, “Well, I’m going down to sign up at the University to become a physicist, why don’t you come along with me?” Daniel said, “Okay why not, I’ve nothing better to do right now.”

That is how it began. Forty-one years later he had devoted his life to working for the Atomic Energy Commission of France, inventing the Gogny Force, still in use today. In September 1991, he received the Prix Joliot-Curie for that invention, and was named Chevalier dans l’Ordre de Palmes Academique, in 1996. In 1999, he was awarded the biennial Lazare Carnot scientific prize, and in 2006 was recognized by the CEA (Atomic Energy Commission of France) for the body of his work (more than 40 years), and contribution to scientific advancement in France.

In 1998, he was appointed by the CEA to be scientific liaison to the French at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and he and his family moved to California from Bordeaux, France where he had been director of Scientific Life for the Centre d’Etudes scientific et Techniques d’Aquitaine at Le Barp, France.

Gogny retired from the CEA in 2004 but continued to mentor doctoral students and work with his collaborators such as Walid Younes at LLNL for the next 11 years.

Gogny enjoyed his friends, garden, cats and his “petit coup” glass of wine. He was known for his barbeques, especially lamb brochette, his ratatouille and his love of a party. Daniel never questioned his responsibilities and duties in life but carried them out elegantly and graciously. He was devoted to his wife Patricia and son Jordan, and his many friends, students and colleagues.

A celebration of Gogny’s life and work will be held on Sat., June 27, at 11 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of Livermore, 2020 Fifth Street in Livermore. Friends and colleagues of are cordially invited to attend the service. A reception will be held immediately following in the church hall. The family would appreciate any memories or anecdotes about Gogny that you wish to share in writing for a memory book.