My mother

My mother, Joan Warnow-Blewett, born Joan Carol Nelson on December 11, 1931, died Tuesday May 30, 2006, in a hospice (the Bruns House) in Alamo, California. She was a brave woman with an incredible ability to believe in everlasting love. She had a tremendous career, and was rightfully proud of her accomplishments as an archivist (she specialized in 20th Century physics, and was elected a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists). She was also proud of her children and grandchildren. She had been married three times: to our father, Morton Warnow (divorced in 1964), then to physicist John Paul Blewett (died 2000), and finally to physics historian Martin Klein. She died, surrounded by all her children, her son-in-law, and with her husband holding her hand. They had been married for less than a year. We were lucky to be with her, all of us. I wish only that she had lived longer, and that we had all gotten to know her better. A memorial for my mother was held on June 11, 2006, in Carolina Meadows (Chapel Hill, North Carolina) where she lived with Martin Klein until her death.

My stepfather, Martin J. Klein.

Died March 28, 2009. See this eloge written by his friend and colleague, Anne Kox, which appears in the journal Isis. See here for his biography, and the obituary in the New York Times. They were married in Berkeley, California, with his close friend since childhood, Leon Lederman, as best man.

My other stepfather, John Paul Blewett,

Died on April 7, 2000, just five days short of turning 90 years old. See the New York Times obituary, and comments from his colleagues, including a very long one by Ernest Courant, his colleague at Brookhaven.

My father

My father, Morton Warnow, died on March 3, 2006. Here is the obituary I wrote for the New York Times.

My family included some musicians. My grandfather, Mark Warnow, conducted the Lucky Strike Hit Parade on the radio, where he conducted Frank Sinatra. His brother, Raymond Scott, although also a conductor, was better known for his unusual compositions.

My sister, Kimmen

My sister, Kimmen Sjolander, is a Professor of Bioengineering at UC Berkeley. For a photo of the two of us when we were pretty young, see this.

My brother, Paul

Paul lives in Sacramento, where he does many things -- in particular, he is interested in photography, especially of musicians while they are performing.

My daughters

Kristin Kane, DMA, and Managing Director of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at UC Berkeley

Menaka Sampath. Click here for a photo of Menaka as a child, and here for a photo in 2016.

My husband, George Chacko

Dancing with George

My grandson, Wesley Tallis Adams

photo from 2006, when he was a few days old.