Mansoor Sheik-Bahae, Former professor of UNM died of Cancer

Last Updated on August 14, 2023, 9:24 am

Mansoor Sheik-Bahae, distinguished Professor, an Optica Fellow, and Nobel Prize winner of R. W. Wood 2012, passed away from Cancer related difficulties on Thursday, July 10, 2023.

Mansoor Sheik- Bahae
UNM Distinguished Professor Mansoor Sheik-Bahae (Source: Facebook)

Mansoor has been battling Cancer for the last few years and was admitted to the hospital to get a cure for the disease but died, unfortunately, from cancer complications.

Mansoor Sheik was a successful and respected professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of New Mexico.

Condolences and honors poured on social media by his friends, relatives, students, and colleagues highlighted his extraordinary humanity, one of his most essential qualities.

His warmth, humor, and kindness attracted people even before knowing of his tremendous personal and scientific accomplishments.

Mansoor’s last rites and funeral services will be done in the first week of September 2023. Condolences and prayers are for his family and community.

Know About Mansoor Sheik-Bahae

Mansoor was born and raised in Isfahan, Iran. He got his early education from his hometown and then moved to the U.S. for higher studies.

He immigrated to the United States and became the first person in their family to move to the U.S. Mansoor loved his birth country and was frequently praised for beautiful architecture and tradition.

Mansoor also helped his numerous family members and friends to migrate and live outside of Iran to build a successful career.

Mansoor married Sherry in the United States. They both have a daughter named Anahita. He had lived in Unites states for more than 40 years, but he visited Iran many times along with his wife so that he could see his parents and relatives.

He completed his B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering at the Catholic University of Washington, America, in 1994. He earned his Ph.D. from The State University of New York at Buffalo.

Mansoor was employed with CREOL at the University of Central Florida. He relocated to the University of New Mexico in 1994, where he supervised a research team that studied laser cooling in materials, ultrafast processes, and nonlinear optics.

He was successful in obtaining research funds during this time. Mansoor Sheik-Bahae began working at the University of New Mexico Department of Physics and Astronomy in 1994 and became a UNM Distinguished Professor in 2014.

He was selected as an Optical Society of America Fellow in 2000. He was then appointed as a fellow member of the SPIE (Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers) in 2023.

Mansoor spent over 30 years living at UNM and explored many different communities across the globe. He embraced enduring connections with many people and was a respected mentor and coworker.

Mansoor Sheik- Bahae Achievements

Sheik-Bahai received several awards in recognition of his significant achievements throughout his career, including:

He earned his first achievement for the 1990 IEEE/LEOS Engineer of the Year grant at Orlando, Florida. He got the NSF-CAREER grant award in 1996.

Mansoor was honored as a Fellow by Optica in 2000 for “the invention of the Z-scan technique, the development of a comprehensive theory for predicting the ultrafast electronic optical nonlinear coefficients of semiconductors, and applications of cascaded second-order nonlinearities.”

He was also awarded for recognition of having the “Most Cited Paper in the History of “IEEE-JQE, LEOS” in 2007.

Mansoor won Optica’s R.W. Wood Prize 2012 for inventing, implementing, and developing “Z-scan,” a simple and efficient method to measure cubic and higher-order optical nonlinearities.

Mansoor was an iconic figure in optics, with more than 26,000 references to his work. His essential academic accomplishments are already cited in optics courses as mandatory reading.

He has several international partnerships and was a renowned advisor and lecturer. Overall, Mansoor had a great successful career. He was an inspiration for his students and community.

Mansoor had a significant and enduring impact on the people who knew him. Sherry and her daughter Anahita remember him as a devoted husband and father.

The death of an iconic person has saddened UNM University, his friends, relatives, and colleagues. He will always remain in the history of UNM, America.

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