[ASA] Bill Bradfield

John O'Byrne john.obyrne at sydney.edu.au
Tue Jun 17 00:05:05 AEST 2014


I am sad to report the recent death of Australian comet hunter Bill Bradfield (1928-2014). Bill Bradfield was the 20th Century’s foremost visual comet hunter, discovering 18-comets between 1972 and 2004.  He won the ASA’s page Medal in 1981 and has asteroid 3430 Bradfield named in his honour.  He was also a former employee of DSTO in Adelaide who worked as a research scientist on rocket-propulsion systems.

Bill died peacefully after a long illness on the 9th of June.

John



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