In Memoriam

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Shin Maekawa


Shin Maekawa — a long-serving member of the GCI staff (1989-2016) and an integral part of the Institute's work from its early days—passed away on July 21, 2016. A native of Japan, Shin came to California for his university studies. After receiving a master's degree in mechanical engineering from UCLA, he worked for over a decade as an engineer for an American defense company. In 1989, wanting a change, Shin left a promising career in defense to join the scientific staff of the GCI. He would spend the rest of his life engaged in conservation.

  • [click] Tribute by the Getty Conservation Institute
  • [click] Tribute by the Getty Conservation Institute 2017
  • [click] Various publications - Ctrl+Click on the hyperlinks in the pdf list
  • [click] Field Trip Report to Seattle by F. LeBlanc; Shin participated to this trip
  • [click] The conservation of Cave 85 at the Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang, China
  • [click] Article by Susan E. Schur on the Getty Conservation Institute's work (Shin) to develop environment controled exhibition cases for Egyptian Royal Mummies


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Shin Maekawa in Egypt

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Shin Maekawa developing and testing a display case for mummies in Egypt. The cases are devoid of oxygen and filled with nitrogen (a stable gas); the pressure inside the cases is controlled to equal or be slightly superior to external air pressure to prevent infiltration of oxygen into the cases.

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Shin Maekawa at the site of Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, China - 1989 (photo: N. Agnew, GCI)

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François LeBlanc and Shin Maekawa traveling to the World Heritage Site of Copan in Honduras, 2001

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Shin during a GCI retreat in Los Angeles - 2004

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Environment monitoring station designed by Shin and installed in the World Heritage Site of Joya de Céren in El Salvador - 2004

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Shin calibrating environment monitoring equipment

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Shin, Mark Liebman (Science of forensic building specialist), Giacomo Chiari (GCI Chief Scientist) - 2005

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Seattle, USA - 2005

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Shin Maekawa in Seattle, 2005

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This is going to be great! Just wait a few minutes Shin...

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Oops... that plate was not for me!

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Shin in World Heritage Site of Mogao, China during a workshop to share information about the conservation of the grottoes - 2005

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Installing environment monitoring equipment at historic Eames House in Los Angeles - 2014