Arthur Edwin Covington (1914-2001)

Arthur Edwin Covington, of Kingston, formerly of Ottawa, ON, died peacefully at home after a lengthy illness in his 87th year. He was born in Regina and grew up in Vancouver, where he developed a lifelong interest in astronomy. He obtained a Master's degree in Physics at UBC and continued post-graduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1942, he was asked to return to Canada to help with the war effort by developing radar systems at the National Research Council. After WWII, he used radar equipment to investigate cosmic and solar radio noise. He was Canada's pioneer radio astronomer. He had many hobbies including a fondness for rare books. Queen's University has been a recipient of some of his books in the Riche-Covington collection. Predeceased by his only brother, Roy Covington, he is survived by his devoted wife Charlotte after a marriage of nearly 59 years. Also surviving are his four children: Nancy, Eric, Alan and Janet, and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, P0 Box 390 STN A, Orangeville, Ontario L9W 9Z9.