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Mount Stromlo astronomer Professor Peter McGregor loses battle with cancer

From The Canberra Times:

Professor Peter McGregor has been remembered for his pivotal role in rebuilding the Mount Stromlo Observatory following the 2003 bushfires, after losing his battle with cancer.

Professor McGregor will be farewelled at a funeral on Wednesday after his death from throat cancer last Thursday, aged 59.

As well as working on his own on research at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics focusing on star formation and black holes, Professor McGregor was best known for building instruments for astronomical telescopes all over the world, the school’s director Professor Matthew Colless said.

He and his team had been working on a new instrument for the 25-metre Giant Magellan telescope and in the past he had built two instruments for the eight-metre Gemini telescopes in Hawaii and Chile.

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