It is with great sadness that I have to report that Eddie Carpenter has passed away overnight. He had informed us that he was terminally ill with cancer a short while ago. While his death may have been expected, it is still a very sad loss to the Society and he will be sorely missed.
Eddie has been a very long-standing member of our Society and always provided us with his monthly astronomical anniversaries. He also gave us a number of lively talks on a wide variety of topics and even set us some observational challenges. I still remember him challenging us to observe Sirius B not too long ago.
He was a keen observational astronomer as well as being very knowledgeable about historical characters and developments in astronomy over a long period. He was a real character with a lively and friendly nature and was always most enthusiastic about astronomy. He also had a notable collection of old astronomical volumes and talked to us about some of them at our last Zoom meeting.
Eddie was also a prominent member of the British Astronomical Association.
We will greatly miss Eddie’s lively input to our Society, while retaining fond memories of his many years with us. Our sincere condolences go to Jackie, his wife.
From Neil Havard, CAS Coordinator.