Maurice Gavin 1934 - 2018

Photo of Maurice Gavin 

It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of Maurice Gavin who died on Tuesday 5th June.

Maurice was a long serving member of EAS. He joined in 1968 and remained a member until he died. He manged 50 years as a member during which period he provided the following service to the society:-


Chairman:                1974 – 1976 & 1990 - 1991

Secretary:                 1972 - 1973

Served on the Committee 1969 – 1982, 1984 – 1998, 2003 – 2008

Architect & Project Manager – Observatory: 1970 - 1972

Editors of Janus:   2005 – 2008 & 2013

Exhibition Organiser:        1970 - 2000                                     

Webmaster:             2008 – 2011



 EAS Observatory


 Maurice was Architect and Project Manager of the Society’s observatory

In the early days he encouraged the use of photography as a recording medium for astronomical observations.

In the early 1980’s Maurice wrote a book describing how amateurs could benefit from using emerging computer technology. This encouraged many to try it for themselves.

Shortly after he set up publication for amateurs containing computer programs provided by himself and other contributing amateurs. This had a circulation of about 300. During the years that it was published it provided an insight into using this early technology for astronomical means and encouraged amateurs to start using computers.

Maurice was one of only a few amateurs using and developing techniques in spectroscopy.

When electronic imaging came along Maurice was keen to experiment with various cameras and equipment and by doing so motivated and encouraged others to follow suite.

In addition to the service he gave to Ewell Astronomical Society he also provided many years service to the British Astronomical Association

Elected to the BAA initially in 1950, re-joined 24th November 1971


BAA Council Member:          1981 – 1984; 1985 – 1988; 1991 – 1994: ;2000 – 2003 & 2004 – 2007.

BAA President:                     1995 – 1996

BAA Vice-President:             1997 – 1999

Micro-computer User Group:1984 – 1985


 In 2010 Maurice was awarded the Merlin Medal & Gift. The Merlin Medal and Gift is awarded by the British Astronomical Association in recognition of a notable contribution to the advancement of astronomy. A fitting recognition for a long life of service to EAS and Astronomy as a whole.