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Dr. Robert Rubin Obituary
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February 22, 2017

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April 15, 2013
Like a number of other lucky high school students, I had a wonderful opportunity to work with Dr. Rubin at NASA-Ames. The experience really changed my life, and put me on a path of studying science that I am still following today. Without that initial experience of learning under the patient guidance of a great mentor, I don't think my career would have taken me towards research.

I have very fond memories of Dr. Rubin teaching me how to navigate around UNIX, how to code in C and how to process images of nebulae with ImageJ. Beyond this, though, Dr. Rubin taught me the very basic essentials of research: always write the date whenever you make a note in your research journal, always back up your data, and always grab a cup of coffee before thinking too hard in the morning. It is these small tips that I constantly recall, and which always bring a smile to my face.

I will really miss you Dr. Rubin, but I know that you are in a better place. One where you'll be able to look down and see some of the amazing discoveries about nebulae, space and life that will undoubtably come in the future, and where you may sit proud knowing that you helped contribute to their unravelling.
April 15, 2013
I didn't know Bob very well but he was a kind and patient friend to me. I also noticed his no-nonsense attitude too, as when my attention drifted off-point in conversation. I attended one of his astronomy talks to his colleagues at Ames. I don't know the science nor the math but am inspired anyway. Being acquainted with Bob Rubin has been educational. Bob, the messages in this Guest Book are very touching, and I don't have the words, but maybe in some future life I will. If so, then ciao, until then.
April 15, 2013
Will miss seeing you at Ames, Bob. Thank you for always being so kind and encouraging. What you gave will live on.
April 15, 2013
My interactions with Bob were somewhat limited by the fact that he and I pursued somewhat different aspects of some of the same astrophysical problems, but despite that I still remember a number of shared stimulating discussions (usually in the hallway following a chance collision). Bob had an enthusiasm for what he did, and what others around him were doing, that just naturally led to extemporaneous and enjoyable exchanges. I am going to miss those chance hallway collisions.
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