Memories of Neil Gehrels





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great scientist, sad very sad

Added: August 10, 2017
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Your contributions to NASA and the world will be remembered for generations to come. RIP Mr Neil.

Added: July 16, 2017
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Dear Neil!
Thanks for all what you transmitted to all of us!
I always admired you for your total dedication to work without loosing, but, instead, continuously maintaining a profound attention to everyone of us!!
This was a real lecture for me!
Thanks again!!!!!

Keep your smart eyes towards us!!!

Franz


Added: March 27, 2017
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Hopefully you can still inspire good sense and positivity in the LAT Collaboration from above.

With a true smile, as always.

Ciao Neil, enjoy your new adventure!


Added: March 16, 2017
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I worked closely with Neil in the 1990's on the technology development of CdZnTe (CZT) detectors for the Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) on the SWIFT mission. Neil always treated me with great respect and was a wonderful advocate for me and the Detector Systems Branch in the engineering directorate at Goddard. For the SWIFT mission launch, Neil personally extended an invitation to me to attend the launch along with members of my family. We enjoyed a memorable visit to Kennedy Space Center in 2004, and Neil was very gracious to my parents and my future wife Gail. I continued to have various interactions with Neil until last year. I have always considered Neil to be one of the best scientists and principal investigators I have worked with in my career.

Added: March 5, 2017
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I hadn't the opportunity to know Neil very well, only in the LAT meetings twice a year. However it has been enough to appreciate his enthusiastic approach to everything. What impressed me since the first times was his quiet but strong leadership and I liked the way he used to spread it: by example.

Added: March 3, 2017
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Neil was an oustanding leader of high energy astrophysics and a good friend to everyone who worked in the field. Absolutely everyone who had any contact him would say 'Neil's a great man, he really helped me'. I never heard anything other than very positive comments about him, which is almost unique in astronomy. He was a true gentleman. You could ask him anything without fear of being sent away with a flea in your ear. His leadership of the Swift mission was tremendous, wonderfully fulfilling the original mission goals regarding Gamma-ray bursts but also adapting rapidly to new science questions and keeping Swift consistently at the top of the NASA Senior Reviews. Without his support, the Swift AGN reverberation campaigns would not have been possible and all AGN scientists are extremely grateful. He leaves a great legacy over many fields. He is an extremely hard act to follow and will be very, very, deeply missed.

Added: March 3, 2017
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Neil was an enthusiastic scientist and one who quietly led by example, both professionally and personally. He will be greatly missed.

Added: March 2, 2017
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Hard to believe that Neil will not be among us any longer. Neil has been a wonderful person, always attentive to science topics as well as personal aspects of life, and never burried by administrative or managerial distractions that kill so much of our quality life. Not many people stand straight as Neil did. We will miss him.

Added: March 1, 2017
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Neil was a gentleman and a scholar, but most of all a wonderful and thoughtful human being. He will be sorely missed.

Added: February 27, 2017
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