Bengt Hultqvist has past away

Bengt Hultqvist has past away

The initiator of EISCAT Professor emeritus Bengt Hultqvist has passed away at the age of 91. Professor emeritus Bengt Hultqvist has been a very important person for space research in Sweden and in Kiruna, and not least for us at EISCAT. Bengt was called “the Hjalmar Lundbohm of space” because of his importance in Kiruna’s space activities equalling Hjalmar Lundbohm’s importance to Kiruna and the mining industry. As for EISCAT, Bengt was the initiator and to a large degree responsible for EISCAT Headquarters being located in Kiruna. EISCAT’s present director, Craig Heinselman expresses the importance of Bengt: “We are greatly saddened to hear of the passing of Bengt Hultqvist late last week. Professor Hultqvist was amongst a small number of productive and visionary scientists who instigated modern space science research in northern Europe. In the mid 1960s he proposed the idea of a Nordic incoherent scatter radar facility and initiated discussions that led to the EISCAT radars that we have today.  In fact, he even coined...
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