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Professor Nichi D’Amico

We were saddened to learn of the untimely and sudden death of Professor Nichi D’Amico, a renowned astronomer and long-time supporter of the SKA.

Professor Nichi D’Amico, President in office of the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), passed away on 14 September at his home in Sardinia. A famous radio astronomer for his studies on pulsars and professor at University of Cagliari, he was previously director of the Sardinia Radio Telescope, the largest collecting area radio telescope in Europe. He was director of the INAF- Cagliari Astronomical Observatory, the Italian representative at ESO Council and Head of the Italian Delegation at the negotiation who lead the Square Kilometre Array to became an Intergovernmental Organisation (IGO). He received the CSIRO Medal certificate awarded in 1993 and the European Cartesio Prize awarded in 2005 for first discovering of “double pulsar”.

Our thoughts are with his family, friends & colleagues.