Service Held For Space Research Inst. Founder

Boston College administrators and faculty attended a Sept. 7 memorial Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Newton Center for Rene Marcou, a former professor in the Mathematics Department and founder of the Boston College Institute for Scientific Research. Marcou died at the Mid-Maine Medical Center on July 27 at the age of 90.

Marcou joined the University in 1934 and was instrumental in establishing the Mathematics Department. During the 1950s, he began doing ionospheric research for the United States Air Force at the University, and in 1958 he founded the Ionospheric Research Laboratory. After retiring from the Mathematics Department in 1971, Marco continued his work with the laboratory until 1976.

The laboratory, with facilities at Newton Campus and in Bedford, has received major funding from the Air Force, National Aeronautic Space Administration and other federal agencies. More recently known as the Institute for Space Research, in 1995 it became the Institute for Scientific Research.


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