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It is with great sadness that we advise our colleague and friend, CMSE Honorary Fellow, Dr. Steve Wilkins died on Monday, 25 March 2013. Steve worked for CSIRO for over 35 years, a lifetime of service. He was Chief Research Scientist at the Division of Material Science and Technology. Steve was a well-known and much respected figure in both CMSE and the broader scientific community. Please feel free to post a Tribute or memorable story in honour of Steve. Alumni members can post a Tribute directly using the icon below. Non-alumni members can submit a Tribute to : https://www.csiroalumni.org.au/?Tribute_S_Wilkins.

 

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Tirbute to Steve Wilkins

Posted By Rod Clapp, Managing Director, Diffraction Technology Pty. Ltd., Tuesday, 9 April 2013
 
My company ( then Sietronics Pty. Ltd.) was involved very early in Steve Wilkins' development of X-ray optics, particularly the "SIROFLUX" condensing collimating channel cut monochromator. We were impressed with Steve's commitment to commercialisation of one of his developments, and we supported his application for Senior Principal Research Scientist, feeling it was richly deserved. I was shocked to hear of Steve's sudden death. CSIRO and Australia have lost an outstanding scientist.

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Grateful to Steve Wilkins

Posted By Steven Homolya, Research Fellow, La Trobe University , Tuesday, 9 April 2013
I worked under Steve Wilkins' supervision at CSIRO as a post-doc from 2005 till 2009.

Steve always seemed to work way too hard. He'd be in his office for long hours getting done what needed to be done: for people in his research group, for the bureaucracy, and just about anyone else who asked him for anything. He'd always be in a rush to get the next thing done. Often his late lunch would be just a dash to grab some hot water for tea and a packet of soimething from the vending machine to take back to the office. I could hear him: "ching, ching, ching ..." - his big bunch of keys would rattle like a metronome permanently locked on Allegrissimo as he walked at a brisk pace up and down the corridors.

Steve was kind, calm and generous in the way he related to others, but within himself he always seemed stressed. I know he had several roles at a number of institutions and organisations in and outside CSIRO. And he could not say no to anyone: organising conferences, hosting meetings, liaising with staff and visitors at the synchrotron ..., in addition to looking after his "flock" in a way that went above and beyond.

Steve always aimed very high - often too high perhaps. He opened my eyes to extremely useful statistical methods for quantifying knowledge and ignorance to bridge the gaps between experimental and theoretical science. All the things Steve taught me have greatly enriched my life and I have no doubt that they will continue doing so as long as I live. Thank you Steve.

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Vale Steve

Posted By Professor Tony Moon, UTS , Wednesday, 3 April 2013
Vale Steve. An extraordinary scientist and a great person!

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Tribute to Steve Wilkins

Posted By Deb Miller, Human Resource Manager, CSIRO Animal, Food and Health Sciences, Monday, 1 April 2013
So saddened to learn of Steve's untimely passing. When I worked in the Division (forerunner of CMSE) I remember Steve was always passionate about his science and always seemed to wear a smile. My thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

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Tribute to Steve Wilkins

Posted By Felicity Dillon, CSIRO, Monday, 1 April 2013
Steve was a wonderful warm human being who always came to me for help with his work finances. He was always a respectful humble man, greatful for any help he received. He was passionate about his work and will be sadly missed.
Rest in Peace

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Tribute to Steve Wilkins

Posted By Parveen Sangwan, Research Scientist, CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Friday, 29 March 2013
I am deeply saddened by your untimely passing-away. You will always be missed Steve........May your soul rest in peace

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Tribute to Steve Wilkins

Posted By Dr Jake Kacobsen, CSIRO (OCE Science Team), Friday, 29 March 2013
I was extremely sad to hear of Steve's death. I have never met Steve but he was a member of my first panel for the assessment of proposals for the newly-established OCE post-doctoral program in 2006-2008. We had many animated and very constructive telephone conversations about various matters concerning the program and I valued his opinion in those discussions greatly. I am very sorry for his passing and for his family and friends in their loss.

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