R.I.P. Dave Carter

Dave Carter, photographed around 2001 by the Liverpool Telescope. Picture credit here.

It is with great sadness that I pass on the news of the death over the weekend of Professor David Carter of Liverpool John Moores University who, among many other things, was a regular commenter on this blog. I understand he had been suffering from leukemia for some time.

Dave Carter obtained his PhD from the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge in 1977 working on the surface brightness profiles of galaxies. He then had a number of positions: at Oxford, at Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories in Australia, the Isaac Newton Group on La Palma and back in Cambridge. In 1996 he joined Liverpool John Moores University as Project Scientist for the Liverpool Telescope. He took early retirement from LJMU in 2012 but carried on research as an Emeritus Professor mainly working on the HST/ACS Coma Cluster survey.

His comments on this blog over the years – his first was in 2010 – revealed him to have a wide range of interests outside astronomy, including cricket and music. He was also involved in his local Methodist Church and Community Centre, and a local parish councillor.

I didn’t know Dave very well in a personal capacity – we only met in person a few times – but he always struck me as a very nice man as well as being immensely knowledgeable about matters astronomical. I send my deepest condolences to his wife and three sons, as well all his friends and colleagues both in Liverpool and around the world who miss him terribly.

2 Responses to “R.I.P. Dave Carter”

  1. Anton Garrett Says:

    Oh no! I noticed his knowledgeable comments about cricket and wondered who he was. I am very sorry.

  2. pacarter88 Says:

    Hi Peter,
    Thank you for your kind words. I’ll pass them on to mum.
    Let me know if you’d like to see the eulogies from Mike who wrote the original article you found, and my brother.
    Cheers
    Pete

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