Michael Hillas

The VERITAS collaboration, especially its members that were part of the Whipple 10-meter telescope group, are saddened at the loss of Michael Hillas.

Michael was the man whose physical insight, coupled with a flair for extracting the most from simple numerical calculations, was able to develop the key analysis procedure that enabled the first detection of an astrophysical gamma-ray source using a ground-based instrument. Indeed, this method continues to be the bedrock on which all modern analyses are built. In many respects Very-High-Energy gamma-ray astronomy owes its existence and continued good health to the pioneering efforts of this man.

We extend our sympathies to his family and friends.


2017-Feb-28: VERITAS has released a zooniverse project. Help astronomers to find elusive muons disguised as gamma rays: head to the Muon Hunter page now!

2017-Jun-28: In June 2017, VERITAS celebrated 10 years of operations. See here for more details.

2017-Oct-03: The VERITAS and MAGIC collaborations report the detection of an enhanced TeV gamma-ray flux from the pulsar/Be-star binary system PSR J2032+4127. See the Astronomer's Telegram here.


2017-Jan-04: NGC 1275 is detected in a high-state by both MAGIC (Astronomer's telegram #9929) and VERITAS (Astronomer's telegram #9931).