Graduate student Jindong Zhou died Jan. 10 at home in Newport News, Va., where he was working at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility on experiments for his Ph.D. thesis.
Zhou, 27, a native of China, studied at the Laboratory for Nuclear Science in 2000-01 before he went to the Jefferson Lab in June. Friends said he expected to be there for several years.
Zhou earned bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from the University of Science and Technology in Anhui, China, before coming to MIT. He was an avid badminton player and swimmer and loved to listen to classical music.
Zhou is survived by his parents, Tonghong Zhou and Shunhua Wang; and a brother, Jincheng Zhou, all of Hunan province in China. A memorial service was held in the MIT Chapel on Monday.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on January 30, 2002.