Dr Steve Wilkins passed away shortly after the end of this meeting. He was one of the truly great pioneers in the area of phase-contrast X-ray imaging, and it is no coincidence that he was invited to give the opening talk at the conference. As well as a scientist of exceptional talent, Steve was a lovely person and a great pleasure to hang out with—an apparently endless source of scientific knowledge, witticism and interesting anecdotes. Steve passed away quite suddenly, just as he was about to deliver the first of a course of lectures on X-ray Science to a group of expectant students at Monash University in Melbourne. It is of some comfort to know that he was doing something which he loved at the time of his passing: conveying his enthusiasm and passion for science to a new generation. He will be dearly missed.
One contribution of 16 to a Discussion Meeting Issue ‘Taking X-ray phase contrast imaging into mainstream applications’ and its satellite workshop ‘Real and reciprocal space X-ray imaging’.
- © 2014 The Author(s) Published by the Royal Society. All rights reserved.