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Dr. Miles Vincent Klein

March 9, 1933 -
September 15, 2022

Dr. Miles Vincent Klein, a longtime resident of Champaign, Illinois, died peacefully on September 15, 2022 at the age of 89, with his daughters Cindy Klein-Banai and Gail Isabelle Klein by his side.

Miles was born March 9, 1933 in Cleveland, Ohio. A lifelong researcher, Miles started his academic journey at Northwes…read more

Dr. Miles Vincent Klein, a longtime resident of Champaign, Illinois, died peacefully on September 15, 2022 at the age of 89, with his daughters Cindy Klein-Banai and Gail Isabelle Klein by his side.

Miles was born March 9, 1933 in Cleveland, Ohio. A lifelong researcher, Miles started his academic journey at Northwestern University, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Physics in 1954. After graduating from Northwestern, he went on to earn his PhD in Physics in 1961 from Cornell University, where he met his wife, Barbara “Bobbi” Klein, née Pincus. Miles and Bobbi married in September 1956, and raised their two daughters in Urbana.

His decorated professional career was spent at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he was a Professor of Physics for 38 years. His many accomplishments include establishing the Science and Technology Center for Superconductivity and serving as its Director, winning the American Physical Society’s Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids, advising 39 successful doctoral candidates, and publishing the textbook Optics. Professor Klein was also a proud member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Outside of work, Miles and Bobbi were active members of Sinai Temple in Champaign, and Miles served as the Temple President from 1981-1983. In their retirement, Miles and Bobbi traveled the world, visiting places including Australia, the Galapagos Islands, and Hawaii. Miles also loved to read books, watch the Metropolitan Opera, attend music performances at Krannert Center, and spend time with his family.

Miles was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbi, and his brother, Emerson. Miles is survived by his two daughters, his son-in-law Effie Banai, his three granddaughters, Alona, Rona, and Sara, and three great-grandsons.

A funeral service will be held at 12:45 Monday, September 19, 2022 at

Morgan Memorial Home

1304 Regency Drive West

Savoy, Illinois 61874

The family will begin receiving guests at 12:15 pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his memory to the National Academy of Sciences, Sinai Temple, or Alzheimer’s Association.

Condolences may be offered at www.morganmemorialhome.com.

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Date: Monday, September 19, 2022

Time: 12:15 pm

Morgan Memorial Home

Address:

1304 Regency Dr. West
Savoy, Illinois 61874

Service Information

Date: Monday, September 19, 2022

Time: 12:45 pm

Morgan Memorial Home

Address:

1304 Regency Dr. West
Savoy, Illinois 61874

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