Otto Bergmann, physics professor, dies at 88

June 10, 2013

Otto Bergmann, who retired in 1998 as a George Washington University physics professor, died May 26 at a hospital in Banbury, England. He was 88.

The cause was pneumonia, said his son, Anton Bergmann. Dr. Bergmann was an Arlington resident and moved to England a few months ago to be closer to his daughter after breaking his hip.

Otto Bergmann was born in Vienna, Austria, and served in the German army during World War II doing engineering work for the aircraft industry, his son said.

In 1949, he received a doctorate in physics from the University of Vienna, and began a scholarly career that took him to Ireland, Australia and ultimately the United States. He was an associate physics professor at the University of Alabama before joining the GWU faculty in 1962.

His memberships included the American Physical Society, the Washington Academy of Sciences and the German Language Society.

His wife, the former Joyce Dunn, died 1977. Survivors include two children, Anton Bergmann of Bonn, Germany, and Elizabeth Davies of Charlbury, England; and five grandchildren.

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