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28th of September 2020
Vale Nichi D'Amico
We were greatly saddened to learn of the sudden death of Nichi D'Amico earlier this month. Nichi was an Italian astronomer who began his career in the late 1970's searching for pulsar signals in gamma-ray data from the COS-B satellite. In the early 1980's he first visited Australia, working with Dick Manchester to search for radio pulsars associated with gamma-ray sources. This work led to Nichi joining the ATNF--Jodrell Bank collaborations on pulsar searches at Parkes, culminating in the very successful Parkes Multibeam Pulsar Survey from 1996. The picture shows Nichi and Dick in the Parkes Control Room in October, 1998, as the 1000th known pulsar was confirmed. From the mid-2000's Nichi became the main driver for the development and construction of the 64-m Sardinia Radio Telescope and, from 2015, led the Italian Institute for Astrophysics, based in Rome. Nichi was a good friend and colleague to many of us and he will be greatly missed. (Image credit: John Sarkissian)

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