2nd August 2013

We were very sorry to hear of the death of Gilbert Satterthwaite last week. Gilbert was a long-standing supporter of National Astronomy Week and made an enormous contribution to our efforts, particularly in astronomical heritage. His own connection with the history of astronomy dated back to the early 1950s, when at the start of his career he was one of the last people to use the Airy Transit Circle at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. On a larger scale, in the last decade he was a founder of and vice-chair of the Society for the History of Astronomy. Gilbert was unfailingly enthusiastic, generous with his time and keen to share his knowledge with a wider audience. We, the other members of the NAW steering group, will miss him greatly.

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