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Michael Tinkham

is not with us anymore. This has happened two weeks ago, but I’ve learned about it only today. He was 82, and our last scientific communication was less than four years ago.

Michael Tinkham was not just a classic writer and pioneer of the superconductivity: for me, it was like the superconductivity itself. His ability to comphrehend the things about it, and his taste for novelty and unusual аspects of physical phenomena were almost beyond imagination. In his advanced ages, he looked nothing like a monument to his own merits: rather, he acted as a person in very beginning of his scientific carrier, looking for news and being eager to learn.

Our last communication was about quantum phase slips: he wanted to achieve an unambiguous experimental proof of their existence.

Grant rest, o Lord, to the soul of Thy servant Michael.

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