In memoriam: Drasko Jovanovic

Drasko Jovanovic is surrounded by graduates of a 1996 Saturday Morning Physics course. Photo: Reidar Hahn, Fermilab

Fermilab scientist emeritus Drasko Jovanovic died on Nov. 23. He was 89 years old.

Jovanovic came to the U.S. from Yugoslavia in 1954 to study physics at the University of Chicago and became a successful high-energy physicist. In 1968, he participated in the initial design of Fermilab. Before joining Fermilab in 1971, Jovanovic worked at the University of Chicago, the University of California in San Diego and Argonne National Laboratory. He also worked at Northwestern University.

Jovanovic was in charge of the Saturday Morning Physics program at Fermilab and active in precollege and college education sponsored by Fermilab and Friends of Fermilab.

He authored over 180 publications in open literature and gave numerous seminars and lectures on high-energy physics. 

Jovanovic’s family has created a memorial webpage for his friends and colleagues to submit their memories or anecdotes of Jovanovic.

Read more about him in his daughter’s memorial Facebook post and in his FermiNews retirement profile from 1998 (pages 6-7).

A celebration of Jovanovic’s life will be held on at Holladay Park Plaza in Portland, Oregon, on Dec. 17 from 1-3 p.m.