SPA SECTION NEWSLETTER, Volume XXIII, Issue 72

AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION
SPA SECTION NEWSLETTER
Volume XXIII, Issue 72
Dec.30,2016

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1. IN MEMORIAM: Richard Dowden

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IN MEMORIAM: Richard Dowden

From: Craig J. Rodger (craig.rodger at otago.ac.nz)

Richard (“Dick”) Dowden died in Dunedin, New Zealand on 15 December 2016, after a short illness. Through his long career he worked on multiple different scientific topics spanning all the electromagnetic frequency range from ULF to HF. Near the start of this he worked at Macquarie Island just before the International Geophysics Year. Professor Dowden was an active member of the international scientific community, a member of the American Geophysical Union since 1966, Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK) in 1968, Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand since 1983, and Fellow of the American Geophyiscal Union since 2003. He served as Vice President of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) from 1987-1993.

Richard Dowden was one of the foremost geophysicists in the Oceania region. As such he was strongly involved in the organization of international meetings held inside this region, and served as the regional editor of the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar Terrestrial Physics (1990-1998). After retiring from the University of Otago in New Zealand in 1998, he remained scientifically active for more than a decade. In that period he developed the idea behind the “TOGA technique”, which is at the heart of the global real-time World Wide Lightning Location Network (WWLLN).

Dick is survived by his wife Eleanor, their eight children and 11 grandchildren. His funeral and memorial service were held on Saturday 17 December 2016.

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