2017 Joseph Weber Award for Astronomical Instrumentation to Former ROE Staff Member Prof Ian S. McLean

13th January 2017

Ian S. McLean

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has just announced the award of the 2017 Joseph Weber Award for Astronomical Instrumentation to Prof Ian S. McLean (University of California, Los Angeles). The award recognises more than 30 years at the forefront of the development of advanced infrared sensor arrays and for his leadership in the design, construction, and deployment of innovative infrared instruments that have had widespread and fundamental scientific impact across a broad community of astronomers.

Ian McLean was a scientist at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, now home to the UK Astronomy technology Centre, between 1979 and 1989. He was responsible for the team which built IRCAM, the world's first general purpose infrared camera for astronomy. The camera was deployed to the UK Infrared Telescope in 1986 and, with a series of technical upgrades, continued in service until it was finally replaced in 2002. Although now based in California, Ian remains a good friend of the UK ATC and often calls in when visiting Scotland to talk with our scientists and engineers about new developments in infrared instrumentation. Regarding his award he says "I consider the opportunities and mentoring that I received at ROE/ATC to be the foundation for all my instrumentation that followed."

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