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John (Juan) Fontenla, PhD

John (Juan) Fontenla, PhD
Senior Research Scientist

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It is with great sadness that NWRA notes the death of Senior Scientist Dr. Juan Fontenla on January 11, 2018 while surrounded by his family. Juan was enjoying warmer climates in South Carolina in the first stages of retirement, but had been still active in NWRA projects.
Juan was a prominent and widely respected solar physicist, specializing in the development and forecasting application of models of the solar spectral irradiance. He had a long and renowned international career marked by affiliations with both commercial and basic-research oriented institutions as well as numerous publications and collaborations. His passing was recently noted in SolarNews at
Condolences for his family and friends may be left at
His creative and warm presence will be greatly missed.