Saturday, April 28,
Natalie Mandzhavidze, 45, a research physicist who had worked at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center since coming to this country in 1991, died April 9 at her home in Seabrook. She had multiple sclerosis.
Dr. Mandzhavidze, who had often collaborated on research with the late Dr. Reuven Ramatry, was an authority in theoretical high-energy solar physics. Her research contributed to our understanding of the acceleration and impact of relativistic nuclei on the solar atmosphere during flares. The flares affect communications and power transmission systems.
She had done her work at NASA under the auspices of the University of Maryland, the National Academy of Sciences and the Universities Space Research Association. Over the past decade, she had served on the organizing committee and as proceedings editor of solar particle acceleration workshops.
Dr. Mandzhavidze was born in Tblisi, the capital of what was then the Soviet republic of Georgia. She graduated from the Georgian State University with highest honors and a degree in particle physics. She received a doctorate in solar astrophysics from the Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute in what was then Leningrad.
Her hobbies included swimming, skiing and dance. Before coming to this country from Leningrad, she had been a tour guide at the Hermitage Museum.
her mother, Nina Roinishvili of Tblisi, and a brother.
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