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Ernest Rabinowicz

Professor Emeritus Ernest Rabinowicz passed away in his sleep yesterday. He was 79.

Rabinowicz worked in the Mechanical Engineering Department for 43 years. He was born in Berlin and lived in London, but had made Newton, Massachusetts his home for the past 60 years, his grandson Samuel L. Raymond ’06 said.

Recognized as a leader in the field of tribology, the study of design, friction, and wear of interacting surfaces like bearings, he was awarded the Tribology Gold Medal Award in 1998 by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in England. Both his book “Friction and Wear of Materials” and his video produced through the MIT Center for Advanced Engineering Studies have been used by many engineers in the industry, according to a 1999 MIT News Office announcement.

The funeral will be held today at 1 p.m. at the Temple Emanuel in Newton. Rabinowicz is survived by his wife Ina, his three daughters Dena, Judith, and Laura, and seven grandchildren.