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George Leibbrandt

George Leibbrandt, a founding Director of Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, died suddenly on April 3, 2001 of a heart attack. Despite his calm and steady demeanour, George was a passionate man who coupled a keen insight into the human condition with a fierce and unyielding integrity. As a theoretical physicist in the highly specialized area of gauge field theory, his rigour and steely determination was rewarded by an eminently successful career, resulting in him becoming a leading expert in non-covariant gauges. George played a vital role in all aspects of the establishment of Perimeter and devoted tremendous time and energy to a whole host of issues ranging from the development of its core scientific mandate and governance structure to architectural and engineering aspects of the permanent building. His guidance, enthusiasm and friendship are profoundly missed. Martha Cecily Coventry Leibbrandt has written a beautiful memoir of her life with George.