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Yohsuke Kamide was a visionary scientist who opened up new avenues of research in solar-terrestrial physics. He had a profound influence on his numerous colleagues and students. It was my great pleasure to work with him for many years. One of Prof. Kamide's main scientific contributions was to develop a procedure for synthesizing polar magnetic perturbations into coherent time-varying patterns, from which the variations of ionospheric convection can be estimated. Analysis of these patterns enables individual observations to be interpreted in a global context, and reveals fundamental dynamic variations of the magnetosphere and their influence on the upper atmosphere. Prof. Kamide's service to the scientific community was also extraordinary, through his writings, editorships, meeting organization, and scientific outreach to the general public. His contributions are having a lasting impact.
Dr. Arthur D. Richmond is a Senior Scientist in the High Altitude Observatory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. His research interests include upper atmospheric dynamics and electrodynamics. Dr. Richmond received his B.S. in physics in 1965 and Ph.D. in meteorology in 1970 from UCLA. After various visiting scientist positions, including ones at HAO between 1972 and 1976, and after working as a physicist at the NOAA Space Environment Laboratory from 1980 to 1983, he became a scientist at NCAR in 1983, and joined HAO in 1984.
Arthur D. RICHMOND
National Center for Atmospheric Research