“Ten years after graduating from UC San Diego, I set out to hike the northern part of the Muir Trail in the spirit of my college’s namesake. Though I had zero through-hiking experience before stepping foot on the trail, I had the utmost of inspiration.”

Sheldon “Shelly” Schultz, one of the founding members of the physics faculty at UC San Diego, who received world-wide acclaim for his contributions to the discovery of “metamaterials,” died on January 31 at his home in La Jolla, CA. He was 84.