Andrew Udvar Hazi (1941-2018)

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Former UCLA theoretical physical chemistry professor and alum Dr Andrew Hazi (’64) passed away on December 4, 2018 at the age of 77.

Dr. Andrew HaziDr. Andrew Hazi received his B.S. degree in physical chemistry from UCLA in 1964, and his Ph.D. in chemical physics from the University of Chicago in 1967.  After spending one year as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Southern California, he returned to UCLA in 1968 as an Assistant Professor of in Theoretical Physical Chemistry.  In 1975, he left UCLA to work at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL) where he worked until his retirement.  At the LLNL, Hazi was instrumental in the development of the Titan laser among many other scientific accomplishments.

From Lawrence Livermore National Lab website:

Andrew Hazi died Dec. 4 after a three year battle with cancer. He was 77.

Hazi was born in Budapest, Hungary and came to United States on July 4, 1958. Upon graduation from high school in New York, he was granted a full science scholarship to University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Hazi graduated UCLA with top honors in 1964 with a degree in physical chemistry and went on to get his Ph.D. in chemical physics at University of Chicago in 1967. After getting his doctorate, he moved back to California as a postdoc at the University of Southern California. He was an assistant professor of chemistry at UCLA from 1967-1973.

Hazi taught at UCLA and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and later became a senior fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). He worked at LLNL for 40 years, including many years after his retirement. He was instrumental in the development of the Titan laser among many other scientific accomplishments. After retiring he, worked for the Lab as a subcontractor. He was admired and beloved by his colleagues. He was a passionate scientist. Many scientific discussions were fought with a great deal of passion.

Hazi is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lyndon Hazi, of Santa Maria. He also is survived by his daughters and son-in-laws Rosanne and A.J. Cisney, Melody and Dylan Andrews; brother and sister-in-law Steve and Chris Hazy; three grandchildren Jonah Davila, Claire Cisney and Brooklyn Cisney; and beloved nieces and nephews.

A private family graveside service was held Dec. 8, 2018. Condolences and memories can be emailed to the family via

In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions in memory of Andrew Udvar Hazi to the Project Lexi Brown Foundation, P.O. Box 3027, Orcutt, California 93457 (helps families affected by childhood cancer), the Pacific Legal Foundation (champions property owner rights) or another charity of your choice.


A more indepth obituary from the Santa Maria Times can be viewed here.

Article by Penny Jennings,