Hinsdale Central High School

David Tetenbaum

Membership level: Hall of Fame

David Tetenbaum Hope

Inductee Year 2023
David Tetenbaum Hope was a brilliant scientist and engineer; a gifted musician, who not only played but also built musical instruments; and a wonderful husband, father, son, brother and friend with a great sense of humor. David attended MIT, graduating in 1977 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He not only started playing harpsichord but built the first of several instruments in his dorm room. Graduate work took place at the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana, and at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He earned his Ph.D. in 1987; his dissertation was titled “An Investigation of the Variability of Tides in the Upper Mesosphere (Meteor Radar).” While working at MIT’s Haystack Observatory as an upper atmosphere research scientist, David was recruited to work for EISCAT (European Incoherent Scatter Group) which meant moving his family to Tromsø in the north of Norway. David met his wife, Amelia, in an intensive Chinese class in Urbana. They had two sons, Alex and Jay. While living in Tromsø, David was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive brain tumor. As a testament to their determination to not have the tumor define their lives, David and Amelia changed their last name to Hope. David died June 29th, 1998, at the age of 43. His ashes were scattered on Svalbard, the island he loved for its remoteness and desolate beauty.
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