Obituary for Prof. Jesús Gómez González, Pioneer of Spanish Radio Astronomy

Published on 9 January 2024

With great sadness, we mourn the loss of Prof. Jesús Gómez González, a founding figure of Spanish radio astronomy.

"Prof. Gómez-González had the vision to create a group of skilled astronomers and engineers in Yebes, who would conduct first-class research and instrumentation in radio astronomy. Today the infrastructures at Yebes, telescopes and laboratories, have well achieved that vision, being also partners in VLBI networks such as the EVN/JIVE, GMVA and IVS", says Francisco Colomer, former director of JIVE ERIC, who worked with him for almost 20 years.

Prof. Gómez-González was a member of the JIVE Council in the years of JIVE's transition into a European Research Infrastructure Consortium. The thoughts and condolences of JIVE management and staff are with his family during this difficult time. May his contributions to radio astronomy continue to inspire future generations.