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Gerhart Bruno Friedmann was born in Mannheim, Germany on January 10th, 1929 and grew up in India after his family fled the Nazis. He obtained a B.Sc. and an MA in Physics from Madras University (1947-1951) and a PhD from the University of British Columbia (1954-1957). In 1958, Friedmann began teaching part-time at Victoria College and working as a radiation physicist at the Royal Jubilee Hospital's Victoria Cancer Clinic. He was employed by the University of Victoria for 33 years and retired early in December of 1990. Friedmann's research accomplishments were in the areas of radiation physics and the application of physics to biological problems. Among the many committees on which Friedmann served were those on the proposed school of social welfare, on physical education and athletics, and on the place of professional schools. Friedmann's scientific and administrative talents were complemented by an interest in the arts, especially opera, film, and literature. He served on the executive of the Vancouver Island Opera Society, was a member of the board and executive of the Victoria Symphony Society, and participated for many years as a director of the Malahat Review. He was married to Margaret Friedmann, and had two daughters: Katheryn Anne and Alison Justine. Friedmann passed away suddenly in 1992 at the age of 63.