Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica
Rodney Marks died Friday night (May 12) at the medical facility
at the South Pole. Rodney had not felt well and experienced breathing
difficulties. He went to the medical facility for assistance where he
died several hours later apparently of natural causes. The details of
his death are not yet available to us. His family has been
(1968 - 2000)
Rodney was born in Geelong, Australia. He received his education from
the University of Melbourne (BSc with 1st class honors) and the
University of New South Wales (PhD Physics). His thesis research was
on the characterization of the South Pole site for astrophysical
Rodney was wintering over for the CARA AST/RO project. He had also
wintered over for the CARA/IR project in 1998. He has been a great
help to both projects and to all of Antarctic Astrophysics. Rodney
was a wonderful member of CARA and especially the winterover crew.
His enthusiasm and friendship will be missed by all of us.
A memorial service was held at the South Pole station Saturday
evening, May 13. Rodney's family held a memorial service at 2:30
Wednesday afternoon May 17 in Torquay, Australia at a site
overlooking the town and beaches, which Rodney loved.
An informal gathering in Rodney's memory was held in
Boston Thursday evening May 18.
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part by the National Science Foundation under a cooperative
agreement, grant number NSF OPP 89-20223.
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