Charles Palmer Bean
October 29, 1996
By Sam Wait
Charles Palmer Bean died on September 30, 1996. He was born in
He joined the General Electric Research and
He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Dudley
Observatory and served as its President from 1983 to 1990. He was a Director of Bellevue Research
Foundation and an Advisor to the
Whether he was answering questions about science on the radio, or serving as President of the Board of Trustees of Dudley Observatory, or chairing a search committee for a Dean or Provost at Renssealer, he undertook the job with boundless energy and enthusiasm.
While at Rensselar, Charlie Bean continued an active research program in membrane biophysics, but most of all he enjoyed working with undergraduates. His courses were very popular, and he supervised a number of undergraduates in research participation. He was fr and away the most popular presenter in our summer program for High School Teachers. He loved dreaming up new simple experiments tht demonstrated fundamental principles in a manner that teacher could take back to their classes.
We were fortunate to have him as a colleague, mentor and
friend during the years he was at
The Bean Family and the Overeynder Family