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Remembering Tim May

posted Dec 15, 2018, 5:03 PM by Doug Sinclair
I note with sadness the recent death of Tim May, reported here and here.  Before I was a spacecraft engineer I was a Cypherpunk, and Tim was at the core of it all.

During his time at Intel, he discovered the source of Single-Event Upsets (SEUs) in DRAM as alpha particles from natural radioactivity in the IC ceramic packages.  This contribution is deeply relevant to all of us in the space community today.

I will mostly remember him for taking me aside at an early Computer, Freedom and Privacy conference to tell me that my jacket with a dozen pockets stuffed with tech, which young me thought was desperately 1337 and tactical, looked kinda goofy.  I don't think I ever wore it again.  In certain circles, Tim was the arbiter of cool.