It is with much sadness that TRIUMF announces the death of Joe Chuma on Friday August 5/2011. He passed away unexpectedly, peacefully, and suddenly at his home in North Vancouver at the age of 63. He left behind his wife Charlene and devoted son Jonathan.
Joe started his career at TRIUMF in October 1981 and retired in March 2008. He was instrumental in the development of the data analysis and display program Physica and its successor Extrema. The latter was released as an Open Source project in 2006 for both Windows and Linux. It was particularly popular at many international academic institutions (including UBC). Joe also contributed significantly to the TRIUMF studies of Ring Cyclotrons (as a potential Kaon Factory). He also contributed to the development of Roody, a GUI written in C++ based on CERN-ROOT for on and off-line data display. He devoted himself in assisting others at TRIUMF in performing numerical analysis of their data. His dedication will be remembered by the many of those who benefited from his work.