July 14, 1941 ~ June 25, 2020
Born in: Brooklyn, New York
Resided in: Fremont, California
Christopher was known for his wonderful stories, sense of humor and caring ways. He loved the water, hiking, redwoods, and most of all pursuing knowledge and understanding, especially the history of science and “how we know what we know” – epistemology. He was also a marvelous cook and enjoyed being creative in the kitchen – wok cooking a specialty.
He loved to tell and communicate through stories, and he was fond of saying that “he could remember every joke he had ever heard from the age of four” and he could tell them well!
Christopher had an unusual gift – he could “look at what everyone else looks at, and see what no one else sees.” This ability led to many important insights and scientific developments. He was also literate in some 25 scientific disciplines. He used these gifts and abilities to address some critical technical challenges that we face.
He grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and while he was an only child he was one of 14 first cousins in the Schlossel and Stabiner families.
Christopher and Caroline M. Hosken married in June of 1982. We met through friends at a New Years Day brunch in NYC 1/1982, and ten days later decided to get married. Christoper used to say he was slow – it took him ten days and Caroline knew in two!
We lived in Metuchen NJ, Maui Hawaii and Fremont, CA.
- BS in Chemistry – Brooklyn Polytechnic (now Polytechnic Institute of New York)
- Ph.D in Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, Cornell University
- Post-doc in Psychology, Personality Theory, Duke University (almost got a 2nd Ph.D!)
- Christopher was an Arica Diamond in the Arica Institute, the neo-sufi school founded by Oscar Ichazo
- Amateur Lapidary – he learned to cut and polish precious stones – specializing in Australian black opal.
During his long and varied career Christopher spent time at Lockheed Missiles and Space (worked on the factory service contract for the Fleet Ballistic Missile), he was a Visiting Fellow in the Chemical Engineering Department at Princeton University, and he had a thriving Consulting Practice in environmental remediation in New Jersey (and elsewhere).
He pursued significant scientific development on a number of important projects with global implications and humanitarian benefits including:
- the chemistry, delivery process and business/political strategy to successfully remediate the damage to the stratospheric ozone layer (Ozone Shield Restoration)
- the development of a stabilized hydrogen fuel and storage medium: a liquid at room temperature that handles like propane, burns like gasoline, and produces only water and a small amount of recoverable CO2. A gasoline substitute, and a storage medium for excess energy – an alternative to battery technologies. (Extensible Power Systems)
- and projects in areas such as: a cost effective process for desalination of seawater that does not produce a toxic brine, and work in sustainable agriculture among others.
Christopher was not retired when he fell ill suddenly in early 2017 with CHF and related conditions, and he fought valiantly to return to health to pursue his unfinished work. We are very open to ways to continue his several important scientific projects – his legacy.
Christopher is survived by his wife Caroline, residing in Fremont, CA.
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