Michael Gerver

Profile Updated: June 5, 2016
Residing In Raanana Israel
Spouse/Partner Deborah
Occupation Patent Agent
Children Miriam, born 1977; Adina, born 1979; Avi, born 1982; Mollie, born 1985
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Went to Brandeis, majoring in physics, graduated in 1970. Got PhD in physics at UC Berkeley in 1977, with thesis in plasma physics. Postdoc and research scientist at Cornell University, Laboratory of Plasma Studies, 1976-79. On research staff at MIT Plasma Fusion Center, and one year in Dept. of Aeronautics & Astronautics, 1979-1990, living in Brookline, MA. Engineer at SatCon Technology Corp., Cambridge, MA, 1990-1997, working mostly on DOD and NASA grants doing R&D on vibration control, motors, actuators, smart materials, etc. Consultant at SatCon and other companies since 1997. On research staff at GE Medical Systems in Haifa, Israel, 2000-2001, working in MRI division. Since 2001, I have been working as a patent agent, preparing and prosecuting patent applications, mostly in biomedical instrumentation, at patent law firms in the Tel Aviv area, first at Fenster, since 2007 at Ehrlich & Fenster. When living in Brookline, I was on the board of a couple of different synagogues that I belonged to. Hobbies include genealogy, historical linguistics, birdwatching, history of science. We've taken a couple of interesting vacations in the past few years, to Rwanda and Kenya in 2011, and to Alaska in 2013.

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The things that stick most in my mind from my B-CC days, after all these years, are the Math Club/Math Team, and Mr. Steele's AP physics class, senior year.

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Ellen, from what I remember you and Cornie were pretty close even in 10th grade, when you were both in Mrs. Dean's art class, and always seemed to be giggling together. In fact, I'm pretty sure that you and she were both involved in the mustache-painting incident that I mentioned in the message I posted above, a few months ago. Do you remember that, by any chance?

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And here is her drawing published in the B-CC literary magazine CHIPS, our senior year, for those of you who don't have a copy, or can't easily put your hands on it. The attention to detail, maybe one could say obsession with detail, is something in common with "Zwanbien," the painting I linked to from 1984.

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May 31, 2016 at 4:33 PM

Here's a link to an image of one of her painted fabric works that she created in the last year of her life.

http://americanartluce.tumblr.com/post/91948948966/cornelia-breitenbach-zwanbien-1984-paint-on

This seems like a good example of her style as it is described (and as she described it) in the fourth paragraph of the obituary I linked to above.

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May 31, 2016 at 4:33 AM

I came across this obituary from UCLA, which I think is well worth reading:

http://texts.cdlib.org/view?docId=hb6z09p0jh&doc.view=frames&chunk.id=div00006&toc.depth=1&toc.id=

I had no idea how widely known and respected an artist she was, nor that her father was a famous art historian, and her great uncle was a famous artist whose work influenced her. Maybe people who knew her better than I did already know this.

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