Robert Wind

Dr. Robert Anthony Wind

July 13, 1942 — April 6, 2019

From Richland, WABorn in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Celebration of Life

  •   Starts:
    Fri, April 19 2019, 4 p.m.
  •   Ends:
    5 p.m.
  •   Location:
    Einan's at Sunset
    915 Bypass Highway

    Richland, WA US 99352


  •   Starts:
    Fri, April 19 2019, 5 p.m.
  •   Ends:
    8 p.m.
  •   Location:
    Einan's at Sunset
    915 Bypass Highway

    Richland, WA US 99352

Dr. Robert Anthony Wind 

Robert lived in the Tri-Cities since 1993 and passed away on April 6, 2019. He was born on July 13, 1942 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands to Petrus Franciscus Wind and Antonia Gerarda Engel. He married Elfriede Maria Hoogendam in 1962. He was pre-deceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 56 years and their 3 sons, Paul Wind (Eva Feldbrugge), Peter Wind (Anja van Akker) and Rikard Wind (Marge Carr). He is also survived by 7 grandchildren, Talitha Wind-den Haan, Martin, Clint, Jari, Quintin and Anson Wind and Aidan Carr and by 3 great-grandchildren.

After graduating high school in Amsterdam, Robert moved to Delft and attended the Delft University of Technology to study physics. After obtaining his PhD, He started working in the physics department as an assistant professor in 1972. After 5 years he continued as an associate professor. Robert worked in 1978 and 1979 for 8 months as a visiting scientist at the IBM Corporation in San Jose, California and in 1985 he came permanently to the United States. He was later named a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Chemistry of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. In 1993 Robert joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington as a staff scientist, specializing in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Robert’s work has been published in various scientific journals and books, including the encyclopedia of magnetic resonance. He was a member of the Society of Magnetic resonance in medicine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has also been awarded 3 PNNL Divisional Outstanding Performance Awards and a National Science Discovery award.

But most of all Robert was a family man. Happy to spend time at home with his wife and kids and his hobbies, which were art, history, reading, painting, building ship models and activities like bicycling, hiking, walking and playing table tennis. He will be missed by all of us.

A Celebration of Life for Robert will be held at Einan’s at Sunset (915 ByPass Hwy) in Richland, on Friday, April 19, 2019 at 4:00 pm.


Guestbook for

Dr. Robert Anthony Wind

  • I worked in EMSL with Robert for several years in early (2000/2001) and enjoyed the many conversations we had and am very saddened to read this news. He was an incredible scientist and what a joy it was when the 900NMR arrived to EMSL. It was a proud moment for the entire team. Robert will truly be missed.

    Pamela Kinsey
    May 6, 2019
    Richland, WA
  • I can only repeat what I posted on Twitter... Robert was valuable colleague who had an incredible insight into the solution of problems in magnetic resonance. Further, he had personality that lead to him getting along with everyone. He simply will be missed.

    Paul Ellis
    April 18, 2019
    Columbia, SC
  • Ric so sorry for the loss of your father. Our deepest sympathy go out to you and your family. Prayers of comfort and peace as you walk this new path.

    Ellen Carr
    April 16, 2019
    La Grande Oregon
  • I am very sorry to read of the loss of, Mr. Wind. He was a very faithful and dedicated man, married 56 years! I won't pretend to know what you're going through, but what has helped me deal with the loss of those I love, is turning to the Scriptures, something that has been a real source of comfort. One Scripture that gives me hope is, John 6:40, which says: "For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who recognizes the Son and exercises faith in him should have everlasting life, and I will resurrect him on the last day.” I hope that this verse will also comfort you, and I hope you and your family can get through this difficult time. Please accept my condolences for the loss of your beloved husband, father, grandpa and friend. Sincerely, Meryl, -

    April 15, 2019
    Durham, NC

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