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Professor David Last

26 November 2019  
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Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Professor David Last, whose plane came down off the Welsh coast on 25 November.

Professor Last was globally respected in the positioning, navigation and timing communities. He was President of the Royal Institute of Navigation from 2005 - 2008. As recently as 19 November he was taking an active role in the Institute's International Navigation Conference in Edinburgh: a gentle driving force with a great intellect.

Professor Last's work was recognised through many awards, including the Royal Institute of Navigation's Harold Spencer-Jones Gold Award in 2010, in recognition of an outstanding contribution to navigation; and global recognition from the International Association of Institutes of Navigation Necho Award in 2015.

When there is any further information we will update this web page. 

Tributes from collaborators and friends around the world include:

- Globally respected and much-loved educator and navigator

- The professor and gentleman whom I always consider my teacher, mentor and friend

- One of the most respected and well-loved figures in the world-wide PNT community

- Immensely kind, twinkle eyed, funny, wise and quite a bit wonderful


 Dee Ann Davies has written a wonderful tribute to David for Inside GNSS - please click here to read the piece.