Ingrid Sandahl, 1949-2011

Ingrid Sandahl (1949-2011)
Ingrid Sandahl (1949-2011) Photo: Torbjörn Lövgren

We are very sad to report that Prof. Ingrid Sandahl passed away on 5 May 2011. She was 61 years old. This is a great loss for her family and friends but also for our field of research. Ingrid was an active scientist at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, IRF, until just a few days before cancer ended her life.

Ingrid became the first female scientist at IRF in 1975 after having spent 1.5 years working with Arctic research in Canada. She was an enthusiastic person in our field of science and had a large network of international friends. Ingrid was heavily involved in collaborative projects and was a visiting scientist at the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, in 1989, at the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan, in 1996/1997 and a visiting professor at the National Institute of Polar Research, Japan, in 2007. She was made a member of several societies, e.g., the Royal Swedish Academy of Science in 1998 and became Professor of Space Physics at IRF and Umeå University in 1999.

Auroral physics was always a major field of interest for Ingrid. She started working at IRF with sounding rocket experiments and charged particle instrument development and testing. She also spent several years working with magnetospheric physics and satellite instruments. Auroral phenomena using ground-based observations were her major research interest during recent years. She was head of one of the research programmes at IRF and had been responsible for its observatory programme since 2010. Ingrid had a deep engagement in coordinating the Nordic optical network. Her scientific contribution consisted not only of academic papers about auroral particle acceleration, auroral morphology and solar-terrestrial relationship – she also had a great interest in auroral science history, and made many appreciated presentations to students and the general public as well as to the press and other media.

Ingrid was an excellent host, taking good care of visitors in Kiruna. Many friends and colleagues will remember the pleasant evenings spent in her home, planning for future projects or just having a good time. We convey our greatest sympathy to her family and friends.

Lars Eliasson,

Created 2011-05-12 11:56:27 by Rick McGregor
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The Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) is a governmental research institute which conducts research and postgraduate education in atmospheric physics, space physics and space technology. Measurements are made in the atmosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere and around other planets with the help of ground-based equipment (including radar), stratospheric balloons and satellites. IRF was established (as Kiruna Geophysical Observatory) in 1957 and its first satellite instrument was launched in 1968. The head office is in Kiruna (geographic coordinates 67.84° N, 20.41° E) and IRF also has offices in Umeå, Uppsala and Lund.