Cyril Broude
  • 82 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 31, 1933
  • Place of birth:
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Date of passing: Jul 18, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

CYRIL BROUDE passed away peacefully at his home in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, on Monday, July 18, 2016, after a yearlong struggle with cancer. July 31, 2016 would have been his 83rd birthday.

Cyril was born in Liverpool, England, to Louis Broude and Anne Broude (née Clement) in 1933. During World War II he lived with his family in Montreal, later on graduating from Holt High School in Liverpool and ultimately obtaining a PhD in Physics from the University of Liverpool. After a post-doctoral position at the University of Iowa and a research visit at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1960-1961), where he met his future wife of 55 years, Esther Broude (née Sharlin), he worked as a scientist at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. in Chalk River, Ontario, until 1969. Subsequently he immigrated to Israel with his family, where he served as a Professor in the Nuclear Physics Department of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, until his retirement in 1999. During that time, he held many visiting researcher positions, such as at Queen’s University (Kingston), the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics (Heidelberg), TRIUMF (Vancouver) and LMU (Munich). From 2001 he lived in London and Newmarket, Ontario, devoting his time to his many hobbies in technology and the arts, and to his family, who will sorely miss him.

Cyril is survived by his wife, Esther, and his children, Sharon Broude Geva and her husband, Eitan Geva (Ann Arbor, Michigan); Gil Broude and his wife Deirdre Broude (Uxbridge, Ontario); Tomer Broude and his wife Hilla Broude (Re’ut, Israel); seven grandchildren; and his elder brother, Frank Brodie (Montreal). He was predeceased by his elder sister, Ruth Nathan (Liverpool), who passed away one month before him.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Klaus Hagemeyer on 25th April 2017

"I met Cyril at the Weizmann Institute in 1977 when I was a postdoc there and perceived him as a very nice guy, even as a friend. Whenever I had any problems, especially in combining the experiments with the PDP9 data acquisition computer and adapting its software, he gave me always very helpful advices. Maybe some of my experiments would even have failed without him. And moreover, I still remember a funny episode when he helped me to fix my car which didn't want to start, causing a flame blazing out of the carburator when he sprayed ignition aid into it... - After a long time we got in touch again in 2015 via facebook. We exchanged a few messages, enjoying to have found each other again. The more sad I was later when I read of his passing away. My best wishes are with his family."

This tribute was added by Esther Broude on 12th August 2016

"Cyril was a big factor in the start of my career in Nuclear Physics. I came to the Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories as an  NRC Fellow in October 1996. Cyril got me to program the PDP-1 computer to record gamma-gamma coincidences between two of the new Ge(Li) detectors. He was infinitely patient with me as my hands on the bloody switches were faster than my brain causing many failures when trying to load adjusted software !! I have remained forever in his debt. Also he was such a nice regular perceptive and very kind guy. We all miss him.
Megalove to all his family colleagues and friends,  

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Esther Broude
Gil Broude
Sharon Broude Geva
Tomer Broude


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