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Dr. Daly was born in Toronto, and grew up in a suburb of Montreal, until moving on to other parts of Canada and Europe.
He obtained his Bachelor's degree in 1968 from Bishop's University (Lennoxville, Quebec) and his PhD in 1973 from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, after which he spent two years as a Post-Graduate at the Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford. The subject of his PhD thesis and the work in Oxford was nuclear orientation at low temperatures. He then returned to Canada where he took up a 3-year Fellowship at the Herzberg Institute for Astrophysics with the National Research Council in Ottawa, where he was introduced to the subject of space plasma research. His first assignment sent him to the Arctic Circle to participate on a rocket campaign into the magnetospheric cusp.
In 1978, Dr. Daly arrived at the Max-Planck-Institut für Aeronomie, Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany, for a 3-year visit as a research Stipendiat, investigating magnetospheric energetic particle data from the ISEE-1 and -2 satellites. Following that, he went to the Space Science Division at ESTEC for 2 years, evaluating energetic particle data from the ISEE-3 satellite during its passages through the geomagnetic tail.
Dr. Daly returned to the MPI für Aeronomie in 1984 with a research staff appointment. He was involved in the analysis of energetic particle data from Giotto Mission to Comet Halley, become a Co-Investigator with the LASCO coronagraph on board SOHO, as well as with the CIS and RAPID experiments on Cluster. He was instrumental in establishing the Cluster Science Data System (CSDS).
After the loss of the first Cluster Mission, it became apparent that the RAPID Principal Investigator, Dr. Berend Wilken, would be retiring at the time of the launch of the recovered Cluster II. Dr. Daly was then nominated as his successor, taking over full responsibility at the beginning of the Operations Phase, Feb. 2001. With the sudden death of Dr. Wilken the following September, the RAPID Team was unexpectedly deprived of all his very valuable development experience.
Dr. Daly lives in the university town of Göttingen where he feels very much at home with his German wife. He is a devoted scuba diver, making annual trips to Egypt to explore the Red Sea from below, and to capture (on film) as many fish and corals while they are still lively and colourful.
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Last Update: 07 Feb 2013