European Academy of Sciences

Death of Professor Robert Goldstein

We recently received the very sad news that Prof. Robert Goldstein passed away on September 24th, 2017 at age 77.

It is with great sadness to announce to the academic community the passing away of Professor Robert Goldstein on September 24, 2017. He was 77. Robert was member of the European Academy of Sciences (EAS) and served on the scientific committee of the Engineering Division of EAS for many years.

Professor Goldstein is well-known for his pioneering, innovative and outstanding work in the fields of solid mechanics, fracture mechanics, mechanics of materials, strength and fracture in micro- and nanoelectronics, engineering applications of solid mechanics, among others. He made seminal contributions in scale interaction at fracture (from nano- to macro-scales), fracture in micro- and nanoelectronics, fracture at technological processes and fracture of composite materials by blending experiments and their analytical formulations. He served as a member of the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS) in which I was President from 2006 to 2010 and the International Congress on Fracture (ICF). Dr. Goldstein’s work has resulted in over 350 publications in technical journal and conference proceedings, two books and sixteen editorships of books and special issues of international journals.            

Because of his impressive scientific achievements, Prof. Goldstein has been recipient of many prestigious awards including Honorary Fellow of ICF-WASI, Honorary Member of ESIS, Honorary Fellow of ESIS, among others. He served as member of executive committees of ESIS and ICF-WASI for many years. He received many state awards including Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation, State Prize of the Russian Federation in Science and Techniques, Order of Honor, among others. He was invited to deliver numerous Plenary Lectures at international conferences, including the International Conference on Recent Advances in Mechanics - Dedicated to the Late Academician - Professor Pericles S. Theocaris, Athens, Greece, 2009, the 18th European Conference of Fracture, Dresden, Germany, 2010, the First and Second Greek-Russian Symposium on Advanced Solid and Fracture Mechanics, Xanthi, Greece, 2011 and 2015. He delivered an invited lecture at the 2012 IUTAM Congress in Beijing, China, 2012.

I considered myself privileged to have Robert as a friend. I have always been impressed by Robert’s unique intellectual curiosity, elegant blend of mathematics and experimentation and his consistent involvement on novel research topics. He was respected as Ambassador of ESIS and ICF-WASI wherever he went, and he was a model-member who inspired junior members to actively serve structural integrity. He was a professional with candor, a promoter of fracture and failure mechanics tools and techniques. His work and ideas will be indelibly imprinted on the history of engineering mechanics.

Robert will be greatly missed by his family, colleagues and friends. Let God rest his sole where the just repose.


Emmanuel E. Gdoutos

Professor, Full member of the Academy of Athens, Greece