DESY mourns Helen Edwards
On 21 June, Helen T. Edwards passed away at the age of 80 at her home in Illinois, USA. Helen Edwards was the chief scientist in charge of building and operating the Tevatron at the US Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), and from the early 1990s onwards she played a key role in developing the TESLA superconducting accelerator technology. She maintained close ties with DESY for over three decades and was together with her husband Don an essential driving force behind years of fruitful collaboration between Fermilab and DESY.
With her own brand of curiosity and her desire to get to the bottom of things, she worked with accelerator physicists at DESY until shortly before her death to analyse beam effects at FLASH. She will be remembered at DESY as a competent, dedicated and open-minded scientist who was always open for discussions, and her fond memory will always be cherished. Our thoughts go out to her husband and family.