19 February 2020 at 7:25 pm #574526David SwanParticipant
Heather Couper has died. I fondly remember her talking about astronomy after I first took up the hobby. She made a significant contribution to public understanding of astronomy, amongst many other things no doubt. And I gather she was a former president of the BAA. Thank you, Heather.19 February 2020 at 8:54 pm #582037Neil MorrisonParticipant
Deeply sorry to learn of Heathers death. I am sure that every on in the BAA who knew her and Nigel will join with me in sending their deepest Sympathy’s to Nigel.19 February 2020 at 10:40 pm #582038John ThorpeParticipant
Very sad news. I always loved Heather’s astronomy presentations and writings, with her huge enthusiasm and sense of humour. Deepest sympathy to Nigel.20 February 2020 at 2:51 pm #582040Miguel Marco RodriguezParticipant
I’m very sorry to know that. I knew about her as an astronomy popularizer in the late 80’s in TV series.
Rest in peace20 February 2020 at 4:32 pm #582041Paul LeylandParticipant
Alas poor Heather! I knew her, David, a woman of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy.
Heather Couper and I knew each other from our Oxford days. She once gave a talk to OUAS (the Oxford University Astronomical Society) and greeted me with the phrase: “Hello Paul, my old sausage, how are you doing?”. This caused a little surprise in the people near by, one of whom asked me: “What did she just call you?”.
She was often called “Heather Cowpat”, but never in her hearing AFAIK.
Very sad.20 February 2020 at 9:33 pm #582042James LancashireParticipant
Heather was already a BAA Past President when I was at uni and venturing to London for national meetings. But she (and Nigel – the combined ‘HenCoup’) sailed over to Cambridge in my first or second year. I forget who was listed as the speaker as they were a double act!
I recall asking Heather about both research and publishing opportunities and she advised to go freelance like them! Neither worked out though it was refreshing to hear about non-standard career thoughts.
There were funny stories about their antics at parties and I invited them to one of the legendary CUAS river expeditions but the HenCoup punt had been decommissioned by that time. However their RSVP was full of fizz, wit and politeness – plus the expected Oxford rivalry!
Sad to read the sad news and condolences to Nigel.21 February 2020 at 2:41 pm #582044
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