I have just found out that Gaylen Hinton, the first person to be awarded an “Honorable Mention” in the Artsutanov Prize competition and a contributor to Volume 1 of CLIMB, has recently passed away after a long bout with cancer. Gaylen’s online Obituary can be found here. It’s fascinating reading and just goes to show how so many times we know so little about our fellow human beings…
The last time I heard from Gaylen was several months ago; we were working on the final edits to one of his contributions to CLIMB. He apologized to me for being tardy in his response saying that he had been diagnosed with “terminal cancer”. As a cancer survivor myself, I do have some small understanding of what he was going through, though I’ve been much luckier than he was.
Gaylen was never afraid to ruffle feathers – indeed, his Honorable Mention paper talked about his take on ‘misconceptions’ regarding Space Elevator thought and development. Gaylen passed away before Volume 1 of CLIMB was published so he never saw the final product, but he did know that two of his articles had been included, so we have that as a small consolation.
RIP Gaylen – you will be sorely missed by our community.
(Picture thumbnaiil is of Gaylen being congratulated by Yuri Artsutanov on being awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2010 Artsutanov Prize competition. This picture was taken at the 2010 Space Elevator Conference held at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, Washington. Click on the thumbnail to see a full-size version of the picture.)