Professor George Fraser
We have learnt, with great regret, of the death of our friend and colleague Professor George Fraser. George was a member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Director of the Space Research Centre.
George was an innovative and talented experimental physicist who was involved in many different research projects in areas ranging from X-ray astronomy to medical imaging and archaeology. His contributions to the Department of Physics and Astronomy’s research, teaching and knowledge exchange programmes will be greatly missed.
A memorial celebration to mark the success of Professor George Fraser’s scientific contributions will be held on Friday 5th September 4.00 8.30 pm.
Full details are available at: http://www.star.le.ac.uk/GWFMemorial/
University of Leicester Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Bob Burgess said: “Professor George Fraser gave distinguished service to the University of Leicester and to the Space Science community nationally and internationally. This was recently acknowledged by an award from the Royal Astronomical Society. As well as being a talented researcher, he had many interests beyond his subject – he was a published author and wrote radio drama. He will be greatly missed in many communities.”
Professor Mark Lester, Head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, said: "The staff in the Department are all deeply saddened by George’s untimely death. George made many major contributions to the Department and no other member of the Department could match the breadth and depth of his scientific and technical interests. We will miss his wise counsel and leadership as well as his friendliness and unfailing support."
Professor Ken Pounds, Emeritus Professor of Space Physics, said: "George's untimely death is a personal and collegiate tragedy. No one in my time has done more to make Leicester a world-leading centre for space research. He still had much to look forward to, not least with the forthcoming launch of Bepi-Colombo. He will be greatly missed."
Professor Martin Barstow, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Science and Engineering, said: "He was part of a group, including Mark Sims, Dick Willingale and myself, who came to Leicester in the late 1970s, as PhD students, to work on X-ray astronomy instrumentation. He was a couple of years ahead of me, but became a great personal friend as well as a close colleague. Our families were close as well. We will all miss him.
"It is particularly poignant that he was just awarded the RAS Jackson-Gwilt medal for his contributions to x-ray astronomy. As incoming president, I was looking forward to presenting him with that medal in the summer."
Chas Bishop, Chief Executive of the National Space Centre, has written a tribute to Professor Fraser for the National Space Centre blog.
UKSEDS (UK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space) have hosted a tribute to Professor Fraser on their website, including quotes from his current and former students.