The AtLAST team says goodbye to Richard Hills

The AtLAST team mourns Richard Hills, who passed away June 5th, 2022, and to whom we are ever grateful. Over the last several decades, Richard contributed to many of the premier millimeter and submillimeter telescopes around the world, including JCMT, ALMA, CMB-S4, and, most recently, AtLAST.

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Richard Hills (encircled in orange) actively took part in AtLAST from long before the submission of the EU design study proposal. Here he is at the very first AtLAST workshop, held at ESO in January 2018.

Richard was a joy to work with, and was tirelessly devoted to the AtLAST design study, having produced the first two AtLAST memos: the telescope optical design (see Memo note 1), and a novel solution for a wobbler (see Memo note 2).
Without Richard’s guidance and dedication to AtLAST, the baseline telescope design would not be in the excellent state it is now. In the field of submillimeter optical design, Richard was the best mentor we could ever have.
Despite being far more knowledgeable and experienced than many of us, he was always constructively open to discussions and supportive of more inexperienced colleagues.
Our interactions with Richard and the expertise he brought to the AtLAST project will be missed immensely.

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By Tony Mroczkowski, Claudia Cicone
Published Aug. 22, 2022 8:50 AM - Last modified Oct. 22, 2022 12:05 PM