Terence Dickinson Death, Obituary – Terence Dickinson was a close friend of mine and a collaborator on a number of astronomy-related projects. We learned of his passing today, and it has left me with a deep sense of personal loss. Over the past few years, Terry had been battling Parkinson’s disease. Terry was a well-known author and broadcaster in Canada. He was also responsible for popularizing astronomy as both a science and a hobby.
According to what Susan Dickinson, who is also his wife and has been his long-time business partner in publication ventures, has written. “Even though he was physically bound to this planet, his mind soared among the stars, and the time he spent looking aloft from a dark country spot provided him peace and serenity. Despite the fact that he was physically tethered to this planet, his mind soared among the stars. Now he has reached complete harmony with the cosmos that has fascinated him for his entire life.”
Terence Dickinson was only five years old when he witnessed a dazzling meteor from the pavement in front of his home in Toronto. This experience sparked his interest in astronomy. This early interest quickly became the defining characteristic of Dickinson’s life and eventually led him to a career as an astronomy writer and editor, known for deciphering and explaining the mysteries of the cosmos. Dickinson’s life was defined by this early interest and it eventually led him to become a career.
Because of his approachable writing style, he has written 14 books and hundreds of articles on the subject of astronomy, all of which have been best sellers. He was the editor of SkyNews, Canada’s national astronomy magazine, for the better part of two decades after helping to launch the publication in 1994. In the same year, the International Astronomical Union chose his name to commemorate an asteroid and gave it the number 5272 Dickinson.
He was given a number of awards, both nationally and internationally, including the Sandford Fleming Medal, which is given out by the Royal Canadian Institute for outstanding contributions to science communication; the Book of the Year Award, which is given out by the New York Academy of Sciences; and the Klumpke-Roberts Award, which is given out by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.