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Astronomers mourn loss of research benefactor

The Australian National University has paid tribute to Joan Duffield and her legacy as a philanthropist supporting astronomy research at the Mount Stromlo observatory in Canberra.

Duffield died at an aged care home at Malvern in Melbourne on 1 November, aged 104.

She was the daughter of Walter Duffield, a South Australian astronomy professor who lobbied state and federal governments for 18 years to build a solar observatory in Canberra. In 1924, he became inaugural director of the Solar Physics Observatory at Mount Stromlo and held the post until his death in 1929.

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