The team at GMTO Corporation is celebrating the life of astronomer João Evangelista Steiner, who died unexpectedly on September 10, 2020. As a professor at the Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics, and Atmospheric Sciences of the University of São Paulo, Dr. Steiner made remarkable contributions to the Brazilian and international astronomical communities.
GMTO President, Robert Shelton, first met Dr. Steiner at the dedication of the SOAR telescope, many years ago. In addition to his contributions scientifically, Shelton was impressed from this first meeting with his kindness toward others. He was an extraordinary individual.
Dr. Steiner joined the GMT project representing the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) in 2015. Upon joining, he said that “the GMT project will help ensure that Brazilian astronomers remain at the forefront of research for decades to come.”
His leadership, advocacy, and friendship at GMTO will be greatly missed.