It was with heavy hearts that we said goodbye to our friend and colleague Dr Peter Curran who passed away in February, 2016.
He passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones, after a fierce battle with a very aggressive cancer. Our thoughts continue to be with Peter’s family, in particular our ICRAR colleague and Peter’s partner, Dr Anna Kapinska following such a loss.
Peter joined ICRAR at Curtin’s Institute of Radio Astronomy in mid 2012. In 2015 he was awarded a prestigious Senior Curtin University Fellowship and had been developing a truly outstanding profile in the field of accretion physics. Peter was committed to mentoring students and was also the inaugural chair of ICRAR’s Curtin University Node’s development committee; he served with passion and commitment such that its earliest initiatives led to a Bronze Pleiades award.
It was a pleasure and a privilege to have Peter as member of ICRAR. He was a young gifted researcher who extended keen friendship to all. He will be missed.
In recognition of Dr Peter Curran’s contribution to ICRAR-Curtin’s work in the accretion physics program, Curtin University has assigned one of its Curtin Research Fellowships (CRF) in his memory. In addition, the Astronomical Society Group of Ireland has established a new award, to be presented at each future annual Irish National Astronomy Meeting (INAM), in memory of Peter, to be named ‘The Peter Curran Award for Best Post-Graduate Contribution to the INAM’. The award will recognise the best contribution to INAM by a graduate student presenter and will have a €100 prize attached.