re: Pierre Neirinck, 1926-2016

From: Jean Paul CORNEC via Seesat-l <>
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2016 00:05:58 +0100 (CET)
I was very sad to learn the death of Pierre Neirinck.
During my studies I've had the opportunity in 1974  to spend a year in Slough at the Appleton Laboratory, where of course I met Pierre.
By then there was only two french people in the Laboratory. The subject of my study had nothing to do with satellites observations but we discussed the subject from time to time, especially around a tennis table facility : Pierre was very good at tennis table ! Next when I returned to France, I lost sight of him.
When I begun again to observe satellites in the 90s I was very glad to find Pierre. We have  communicated only through mails, as I have never met him again.
I will remember his very strong personality and his keen and swift mind.
Jean-Paul Cornec
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> Dear all, Several of you already know, but for those who do not yet: the very sad news just reached us of the passing of Pierre Neirinck, nestor of our group, at the age of 89. Here is the e-mail: "De la part d'Annie et de Paul son voisin, Je me permets d'utiliser le carnet d'adresses et la messagerie de Pierre pour vous faire part de son voyage vers son astéroïde. Il nous a quittés hier matin et nous voit de là haut maintenant. Son inhumation aura lieu jeudi à 13h30 avec une cérémonie dans la salle du cimetière de Dunkerque suivie de l'inhumation dans le caveau de famille à Malo" Pierre was an important member of King-Hele's professional satellite tracking group in the UK. Behind the scenes, after that group was abandoned, he remained an important animator of amateur tracking community and actively tracked classified satellites himself untill only a few years ago. He distributed Cospar site codes to new observers and untill recently issued semi-daily e-mails to the active observers with data analysis (usually of the Keyhole satellites), as well as brief comments on world affairs.The latter often included a tally of who violently left this planet in the previous days. His e-mails were very idiosyncratic in that sense, and I will miss them. More recently his declining health started to prevent him from observing and analysis, but he still occasionally e-mailed photo collages: Pierre was an enthusiastic photographer himself. The dead of Pierre makes the start of this new year extremely sad. Rest in Peace, Pierre. Have a safe journey to asteroid (142014) Neirinck. - Marco ----- Dr Marco Langbroek - SatTrackCam Leiden, the Netherlands. e-mail: Cospar 4353 (Leiden): 52.15412 N, 4.49081 E (WGS84), +0 m ASL Cospar 4355 (Cronesteyn): 52.13878 N, 4.49937 E (WGS84), -2 m ASL Station (b)log: Twitter: _at_Marco_Langbroek ----- _______________________________________________ Seesat-l mailing list
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