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John Warman

27-03-193907-10-2020
      John passed away peacefully in the early morning of the 7th of October. John will be cremated on Monday 12th of October in the presence of his direct family. He will find his final place of rest close to the university in Delft, where he devoted his life to science, friends and family. Until circumstances change, this website serves as a place to come together and remember his life and recent heroic fight by sharing thoughts, memories, images and music.

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      • Honored to have known you, John
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        John Warman is directly responsible for me moving my wife, Audrey, then pregnant with our son-to-be Oskar in the summer of 2001. Backing up a bit, I had met John at a Gordon conference , one of those tiny conferences with only about 100 people that took place in sleepy little college towns in the hot summers. I traveled there with my mentor Prof. Bill Bernhard, so excited to meet another group that had measured the charge transport capabilities of DNA. It was very exciting for me, as a lowly graduate student, to be sitting among the giants of my field, where John treated me as an equal, listening to my thoughts and research experiences. I also remember that was the year of an international football competition: John and several of us headed to the local sports bar to watch the game, but they did not carry the game! What to do in this pre-Youtube days? We ended up huddled around a small desktop computer hooked to the modem as I read out the report text line by line to the assembled fans, cheering erupting every so often as a good pass was described or a ball flew over the goal! I guess I made enough of an impression, as during a subsequent conference in Windermere, John offered me a postdoc position on the DISCEL project. Excited, I ran to the pub phone and called Audrey back in the USA and babbled on about the prospect. She said: "Take it! By the way, I'm pregnant." Oskar arrived during my sojurn in Delft, and John and Mariljn were both very supportive of us, and I never forgot it. I also remember the shirt of his I ruined when I invited them to our flat and served them that splattery spaghetti dinner, with John in his immaculate white shirt (well, at least it was when he came!) John trusted me, and let me work on a wide variety of topics at TUD, resulting in eleven papers from a two year postdoc and a position in then PICT at the TU Eindhoven, where I am now. It was great to visit with him in the following years, attending Thij's birthday parties, retirements, and other big events where we were made to feel as if we'd never left. I will always remember your lust for life, John, and your guidance and sharp but productive criticism of my work that helped form my approach to science even today, but I hope I have also carried some of your vigor for living with me as well. Although I never learned to dunk my Jenever in my beer... Good bye, John, and all the best to those of your family who survive you and keep the memory alive.

        Michael - Eindhoven
        9 oktober 2020

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      • Lieve John
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        Lieve John wat fijn dat ik jou en Marilyn vorig jaar nog heb gesproken op de verjaardag van Andrea. Net zo warm als vroeger op de Menno. Ik heb heerlijke herinneringen aan opgroeien met Peet en Andrea en altijd welkom zijn bij jullie op de 3de. Rust zacht en heel veel sterkte aan Marilyn, Andrea en Peter en de rest van de family x


        Liska - De Lier
        9 oktober 2020

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      • Mijn wetenschapsvader - my scientific father
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        John was the father of the radiation chemistry group. He was a creative and inspirational scientist with a huge international network. He had a long term vision and was a great teacher, showing us how to explore new paths in science. Together with Thijs he formed the core of this successful group for a long time. This photo is taken during one of the highlights, the Miller Conference in 1999. This conference was very special to me, we had a wonderful time combined with lots of science. John gave a fabulous conference dinner speech, he always was a great entertainer, too. In this speech he elaborated for more than 20 minutes on all the English sayings with words insulting and mocking the Dutch, such as " a Dutch wife" and of course " double Dutch".


        Anick - Den Haag
        9 oktober 2020

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        Hannie - Haarlem
        9 oktober 2020
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        Wat een geestkracht, maar uiteindelijk in de rug aangevallen. Rust zacht lieve John. Je aandenken zij tot zegen

        Mia - Almere
        9 oktober 2020

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      • 2020
        John's presentation on his 80th birthday
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        On the 27th of March 2019, John hosted a party with over 100 friends and family members. He gave an amazing self-made presentation about his life. What a moment and party that was! Here are the slides as individual images.


        Peter - Amsterdam
        9 oktober 2020

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      • 2020
        Easy taking John
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        Claudia - Amsterdam
        8 oktober 2020

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      • 2020
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        And he lives forever in our hearts....................................Peter & Hetty

        Peter-Hetty - Rijswijk
        8 oktober 2020

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      • 2020
        Rust zacht
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        Prachtige laatste woorden van opa Warman. Rust zacht John na een mooi, vol leven. Liefs, Claudia

        Claudia - Amsterdam
        8 oktober 2020

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