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6th of February 2020
Vale Dick Hunstead
It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Professor Dick Hunstead on January 30th, following a sudden illness. Dick spent his whole career at the University of Sydney, from undergraduate student through to Emeritus Professor, and his enormous contributions to the School of Physics were recognised in 2011 with the award of the Harry Messel Award for Excellence. Dick's research highlights included the discovery of variability of radio sources at low frequencies; pioneering work on the calibration of the Molonglo Telescope, including identifying optical counterparts of radio sources; seminal work on quasars and radio galaxies, especially giant radio galaxies; ground-breaking studies of quasar absorption lines at high spectral resolution; and studies of radio transients, including his most recent work on the detections of Fast Radio Bursts with the UTMOST telescope. As well as being an excellent collaborator and researcher, Dick was a wonderful supervisor and mentor of an extraordinary number of staff and Honours, PhD and undergraduate students. Dick will be remembered as an excellent researcher and teacher, but more importantly as a generous, caring scientist who has left an enduring legacy for generations of staff and students. A celebration of Dick’s achievements is scheduled for Friday 14 February. (Image credit: Vanessa Moss. Text credit: USyd School of Physics.)

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