New book on life of Alvin Tollestrup 

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new book remembering the life of Alvin Tollestrup titled “Alvin Virgil Tollestrup (1924-2020): A Life in Science.”

This 50-page coffee table style book is available online.

From the introduction:

“Alvin Tollestrup was a physicist and engineer of uncommon insight, intuition, and ingenuity who was revered in life for his essential leadership in the development of superconducting magnets for high-energy accelerators. He exhibited a matchless mastery of what he called freshman physics — though his mastery hardly ended there — and an uncanny gift for joining careful measurements with transparent calculations to reveal the essence of a subject. To watch Alvin at work was to learn how a true scientist formulates and solves a problem. He had other gifts: a nose for significant problems in both science and technology, the ability to draw talented people to an important cause, and a mentor’s instinct for spotting gifted junior colleagues and helping them to mature as engineers and scientists. He was also good company!”

This book contains remembrances from dozens of his colleagues and students and from all four of his children. It also contains numerous photographs of Alvin and his friends.

The editors are Brookhaven’s Mark Palmer and Fermilab’s Elliott McCrory, Chris Quigg and Vladimir Shiltsev. Contact them at for more information.