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The passing of Neil Gerhels on Monday the 6th of February 2017 is an immense loss for our scientific community. We have lost not only a great scientist and our best ambassador, but also a friend. Neil has helped us build the SVOM mission and has always shown unwavering support.

Neil during hisprésentation “Overview of the Swift results, advice for SVOM” at the scientific workshop of SVOM in April 2016.

Amidst all his qualities, Neil was a first and foremost a visionary who showed us the path of the time domain astronomy. He will be remembered as an example for many generations of scientists, and in particular our youngest ones.

With every new burst we think of him, we miss him already…

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