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Jian He, Physics and Astronomy professor – October 14, 2021

Professor Jian He, 52, of the Physics and Astronomy department died Thursday, October 14, 2021. Dr. He had been employed by Clemson since September 2004.

Dr. He received his Bachelor of Science in physics from Jilin University in China and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He joined Clemson University in 2004 as a postdoctoral researcher with Terry M. Tritt. He joined the faculty in 2008 as an assistant professor and recently was promoted to the rank of full professor in May of 2021.

His research interests spanned several sub-areas of condensed matter physics and materials science: single crystal growth of transition metal oxides and intermetallics; novel materials synthesis techniques; electrical, thermal, magnetic characterization, and thermoelectric materials research. He authored or co-authored over 257 peer reviewed publications, with 27 in 2020-21. He was the thesis adviso]er for five Ph.D. students.

Dr. He had a passion for undergraduate research and will be remembered by a fund established in his name to support undergraduate research in the department of Physics and Astronomy at Clemson University. A link to this fund will be uploaded to this website at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home when available. Jian’s wife, Ping Du, wishes that donations will be made to this fund in lieu of flowers. However, if desired, flowers may be sent to Duckett-Robinson at the address shown below.

Jian is survived by his wife of almost 25 years, Ping Du, of Seneca; his father, Youfeng He, of Beijing, China; a brother, Xiang He, and sister-in-law, Jingjing Xue, both of San Diego.

Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 20, at the Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, 108 Cross Creek Road, Central. The family will receive friends at 5 p.m. prior to the service.

The service will be available via livestream by clicking here: Duckett-Robinson Chapel Live Stream

Dr. He’s full obituary is posted online.