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(Rhodesia & Trinity 1958) (15 May 1936 - 15 January 2020)

Francis graduated from Prince Edward H.S. in Salisbury and then the University of Cape Town where he received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. He then received his Ph.D. in physics from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. While at Oxford he was a research associate on Atomic Beams and a Laboratory Instructor - his specialty was in Experimental Atomic Physics and Helium III.

After graduating from Oxford Francis was employed at Yale University in New Haven, Ct., as a researcher in Physics, Associate Professor of physics and was a Junior Faculty Fellowship. Upon leaving Yale, Francis join the Physics faculty at the University of Massuchettes in Amherst and whilst there he was made full professor. Francis was a contributor and co-author of many scientific papers and a member of the American Physical Society.

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