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Robert Smith ’45

Robert, a pioneering physicist and brilliant inventor whose work resulted in 50 patents, died March 10, 2019.

During World War II, Bob joined the V-12 program at Swarthmore and at Duke, where “The Bulldozer” played for the national championship football team and won a Sugar Bowl gold football. As a scientist at IBM, he researched the physics of magnetic thin film, and subsequently helped develop technology used in the production of the early electroplated computer disk. Bob combined his passion for fitness and physics with the development of innovative exercise equipment decades before such devices became commonplace.

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