Vale Stuart Wenham, Solar Pioneer

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The Solar industry lost one of its greatest stars recently when UNSW Scientia Professor Stuart Wenham passed away just before Christmas after a brief battle with Melanoma.

Vale Stuart Wenham Solar Pioneer

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It’s impossible to overstate the impact Stuart has had on the global solar PV industry; his research and teaching has improved module production around the world. As former CTO of Suntech, he pioneered the wave of high-quality, low-cost module companies, allowing solar to grow faster than any other industry, ever. His contributions have been recognised through the receipt of nearly every international solar PV award.  

Stuart remained grounded while receiving even the highest accolades, and on a personal level, Stuart was one of the nicest and most easy-going people you could have the pleasure of meeting. Whether you’d known him for 30 years or 30 seconds, he was always warm, generous and keen to have some fun.

Stuart was close to many of us at Solar Analytics and we owe him of debt of gratitude for where we are today.  He has taught us so much - in the lecture theatre, the lab, the production line, the boardroom and in the bar!

Despite his loss, the industry will continue without a blip in 2018 because Stuart so effectively imparted his knowledge and wisdom onto others.  There will never be another Stuart Wenham, but his legacy will live forever in a more sustainable world.

It is hard to believe that we will not hear Stuart’s distinctive voice again, but we will remember everything he has done for us and our industry.

A memorial service will be held on Monday 8 January 2018 at 2pm, at the Sir John Clancy Auditorium at the Kensington campus of the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

The family request that in lieu of flowers or gifts, they would prefer donations to the Melanoma Institute which will one day cure melanoma and save many more lives.

All donations are appreciated: https://melanomainstituteau2016.gofundraise.com.au/page/aliandmike

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