We were saddened to learn of of the passing of Doug Milne last week.
Doug joined the CSIRO Radiophysics Laboratory in 1951
and worked in the pioneering development of semiconductor
devices, and, later, maser and parametric amplifiers for Parkes.
In 1962 he joined the radio astronomy group, contributing to
the early Parkes surveys, and developing a major interest
in supernova remnants, their polarisation and magnetic fields.
His most highly cited publication is
A new catalogue of galactic SNRs corrected for distance from the galactic plane,
with other notable papers including
the discovery of the remnant of the supernova of 1006 AD,
recombination line studies of H II regions,
studies of the Vela X supernova remnant.
Other papers of interest include
designing lessons related to SETI for school children
and his recollections (with John Whiteoak)
of working with Frank Gardner in the early years of the Parkes radiotelescope.
Doug also co-edited
Parkes: thirty years of radio astronomy and
The Magellanic Clouds (Proceedings of IAU Symposium 148)
served for many years as treasurer
of the Astronomical Society of Australia.
(Image credit: CSIRO Radio Astronomy Image Archive)