Dedication: Peter Joseph Mutnick 1949 - 2008
Peter originally published his website on GeoCities- later taken over by Yahoo and subsequently closed Oct 26, 2009. It was republished by permission by friends on the angelfire.com host.
This Dedication page is being prepared with biographical material and some of Peter's unpublished work.
Peter Mutnick 1949-2008, July 31, 2008 died peacefully last week in the Oncology Unit at Alta Bates at the age of 59.
Crusader for Justice: Peter Mutnick, 1949-2008 (see portrait) Born in Plainfield, New Jersey, he attended the prestigious Han Academy after impressing his grade school teachers. He taught himself calculus at age 12, a hint of later polymathism, entered the University of Michigan early and was on the fast track to a doctorate in physics when he was voluntarily hospitalized from what was described as schizophrenia; whatever it was, it ended his academic career.
He had a longtime friendship with Henry Stapp, senior professor of theoretical physics at Lawrence Lab, who discussed his research with him and acknowledged Mutnick's contribution in some of his papers. As his final days approached, Mutnick worked feverishly trying to reconcile Judaism with Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity. He was reading the works of Professor Samuel Sandme, the late, great ecumenist rabbi, shortly before he died. Although the son of Marxist atheists (his father's family was Jewish and his mother's Christian) he had no Jewish education, but as he did calculus, physics and philosophy, he passed Judaism 101 and changed his name to "Cephas".
He is survived by two sisters, Barbara and Deborah, and several nieces and nephews, all of New York City. A memorial will be held on the balcony in the Med in September.