Oleg Zatsarinny, PhD Obituary

Oleg  Zatsarinny, PhD
Oleg Zatsarinny, PhD

November 4, 1953 - March 2, 2021
Born in Ukraine
Resided in West Des Moines, Iowa
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Zatsarinny, Oleg Ivanovich was born in the city of Uzhgorod in Ukraine on November 4, 1953. In 1960 he went to school from which he graduated in 1970. He was a very sociable boy, had many friends, was involved in athletics, especially running. He also went in for orienteering in the mountains and won prizes, including a trip to the Caucasus. During his studies at school, he was one of the best students in mathematics and physics. He read a lot of books. In 1971 he entered the Physics and Technology Institute (MIPT) in Moscow, from which he graduated in 1977. In 1975 he married Tatyana, a student at the same institute. In 1976 their son Denis was born.

After graduating from the institute, Oleg and his family returned to Uzhgorod, where he worked at Uzhgorod University at the Department of Physical and Quantum Electronics - and then Theoretical Physics. He was engaged in calculations in atomic physics. He completed his postgraduate studies and defended his scientific dissertation. He worked as the head of the Department of Theoretical Physics. Over the course of his work, he published many scientific articles and several scientific books and participated in many all-Union and international conferences. In May 2000, Oleg, together with his wife Tatyana, arrived in the USA, in the city of Atlanta, where he worked with Dr. Tayal. From 2001 to 2003, Oleg worked at Western Michigan University at the Department of Physics.

In October 2003, he came to Des Moines to work at Drake University where he stayed until the end of his life - March 2, 2021. He was a prolific author of scientific articles and created many applications for scientific calculations, used by many in the atomic physics community. He was an invited speaker in many international conferences and seminars. He showed himself as a very talented scientist with an inquiring mind and great efficiency.

Oleg taught several courses at Drake University and, most notably, developed an original course on computational physics which has educated numerous students on the subject. He was a thoughtful and thorough teacher who emphasized content and had a deep humanity towards his students.

Among his numerous and impressive accomplishments, Oleg was the principal or co-principal investigator on National Science Foundation grants totaling over $1,000,000. He was a world-renowned researcher and awarded Fellowship in the American Physical Society in 2008, with the citation:
"For the development of the B-Spline R-matrix method with non-orthogonal orbital sets for atomic structure calculations of exceptional accuracy and benchmark calculations for excitation and ionization of complex atoms and ions by photon and electron impact."

He published over 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals, presented 20 invited talks at international meetings, and had several hundred contributed papers. His work has been cited over 5000 times to this day and will continue influencing atomic physics for decades.

Oleg dedicated all of himself to the search of the scientific truth, the knowledge of the realities of the Universe. He diligently continued his research in spite of a grave and eventually fatal illness.

Immersion in work distracted him from thoughts of death and helped him fight the terrible disease. It is very sad that he did not have time to complete all that he could do in the name of science. With his passing, physics has suffered a serious loss. He was one of those who rose to the top of the intellectual mountain, developed science and left a bright mark on this world.

Oleg is survived by his wife, Tatyana, his son, Denis and his daughter in law, Olena. His spirit also continues in the lives of all his colleagues and students. He was a dedicated family man, a great husband and father, a good friend. Our sorrow for his passing is softened only by the fact that he made all of us better people.

He will forever remain in our hearts. Everlasting memory.

Donations in the memory of Dr. Oleg Zatsarinny can be made to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Drake University, especially towards the Drake University Municipal Observatory at https://alumni.drake.edu/physicsastronomy





Memorial Service
Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Saturday, March 6, 2021
10:00 AM
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2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Saturday, March 6, 2021
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