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18th of September 2020
Vale Dave Cooke
We were saddened to learn that David Cooke, former Officer-in-Charge of Parkes Observatory, passed away earlier this month. Dave joined the Parkes Observatory staff in 1967 as Senior Radio-frequency Engineer, and was actively involved in both supporting the Apollo missions, and in early observations of pulsars. As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations last year, Dave and fellow staff member Ben Lam recalled the events surrounding the Apollo 11 moonlanding. Dave went on to serve as Officer-in-Charge of the Parkes Observatory from 1988 until his retirement in 1993. Dave co-authored a number of highly cited papers, including Magnetic Poles and the Polarization Structure of Pulsar Radiation (Radhakrishnan & Cooke 1969), Neutral hydrogen absorption measurements yielding kinematic distances for 42 continuum sources in the galactic plane (Caswell et al. 1975), A 408 MHz all-sky continuum survey. I - Observations at southern declinations and for the North Polar region (Haslam et al. 1981), and Evidence in Support of a Rotational Model for the Pulsar PSR 0833-45 (Radhakrishnan et al. 1969). (Image credit: ABC Central West; Luke Wong)

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