It is with a heavy heart that we learned of the passing of JCMT astronomer Professor Yu Gao (September 29, 1963 – May 21, 2022). Professor Yu Gao of Xiamen University was a radio astronomer working in the field of extragalactic molecular cloud physics. He has been an original proponent of the acquisition of the JCMT as part of the East Asian Observatory (EAO) operations. Over the years he promoted millimeter/submillimeter wave astronomy in China, gathered the funding and resources to support the operation of JCMT through national and personal research funds, trained a generation of students and postdocs, and established the submillimeter groups both at PMO and Xiamen University. He also served on the JCMT board and led the MALATANG Large Program at the JCMT. His support and guidance will be sorely missed by all at the EAO/JCMT.
A full obituary for Yu Gao can be found here.