Please take a moment to read the sympathy messages, memories and condolences on this board.

Jorge Melendez

About 11 years ago, after reading Giusa's comprehensive review on "stars resembling the Sun", I wondered if a "real solar twin", an exact carbon copy of the Sun, could ever be found. Her work on solar twins has certainly been a source of inspiration to me. My deep condolences to Roger.


Friday, 09 November 2012 21:50
Johannes Andersen

Cher Roger,

After all these years of collaboration and friendship, what more could one say? The world has become a greyer, colder, duller, less interesting place without Giusa.

Toutes nos amitiés,

Birgitta et Johannes

Sunday, 04 November 2012 16:13
Fran cois Ochsenbein

Nous avons été très attristés au CDS par la disparition de Giusa, survenue à la veille de la célébration des 40 ans du CDS. Giusa et Roger ont été parmi les pionniers à participer au développement du CDS je ne peux oublier les encouragements constants de Giusa, sa participation enthousiaste aux premiers conseils scientifiques du CDS, les rencontres
et colloques qu'elle a contribué à rendre si vivants grâce à sa présence active. Nous sommes de tout coeur avec toi, Roger.

Sunday, 14 October 2012 16:31
Simona Mei

All my heartfelt condolences to Roger and their family. I will always remember Giusa's energy and enthusiasm. She will always be an example in my astronomer career.



Tuesday, 09 October 2012 08:58

J'ai connu Giusa à son retour d'Hawaii après un long séjour pour
la construction du CFHT. Je venais de finir ma thèse dans son laboratoire. On me parlait beaucoup de Giusa et j'ai très vite compris pourquoi : forte personalité, grande franchise, très grande culture, une joie de vivre. Avec elle j'ai eu des séances d'enseignement, non pas académique, mais de l'enseignement de chôses qui ne sont pas écrit dans les livres : le savoir faire, l'intuition, ce qui ne s'apprend qu'au contact de gens très cultivés, c'est l'art d'aller au but le plus vite possible grâce à
une grande culture. C'est probablement la chôse la plus importante
et la plus difficile à enseigner pour transmettre son savoir.
Que tous ceux qui ont eu la chance comme moi de la côtoyer continue
de transmettre ce savoir faire et cette intuition à la Giusa.
On ne peut pas oublier Giusa.
Mes dernières pensées vont à Roger son fidèle compagnion et complice de la vie et du travail, qui doit resentir un vide immense.
Que mes pensées le soutiennent.

Tuesday, 09 October 2012 08:35
Jonay Gonzalez-Hernandez

I have just known the sad news about Giusa. I remember the coffee/tea
breaks that we used to  have in the afternoons when I was at Meudon and
Giusa always came with a smile  in her face and I also remember how well
she used to treat Cristina, she was really a very affectionate and nice


Tuesday, 18 September 2012 00:00
Valia Klochkova

Katia Cunha informed us that Giusa Cayrel has passed away.
Let us express our sympathy to her family, friends and colleagues.

We are well aware of her publications, but met her only once
at the Meudon colloquim in 1998, where we feted Giusa.
She will remain in our memory as we have seen her on this beautiful
conference - energetic, witty and a beautiful lady.

      Valia and Volodia.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 00:00
Nobuo Arimoto

  Miyako and I are very sad. Currentl we are living in Big Island
 in Hawaii, where Giusa and Roger spent a couple of years as the
 director of CFHT.
 We owe a lot to both of them for their hospitarity when we
 lived in Meudon in 1984-1987. I have been always thanking them
 for giving me a chance to study and work in Meudon.

 Please pass our very kindest regards to Roger. When I went
 to IAP in June, I visited him in his office but unfortunately he
 happend not to be there.

 Whenever I go up to the summit of Mauna Kea, I remember GIusa.

 Nobuo Arimoto,
 Subaru Telescope Director
 650 North A'ohoku Place, Hilo, Hwaii 96720

Saturday, 15 September 2012 00:00
Sergei Andrievsky

This is really sad news for the whole astronomical community,
and especially for those astronomers who knew Giusa personally.
She was really a very kind person.

express my deep sympathy to Roger.

Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00
Leo Houziaux

It is very sad indeed to hear that G.  Cayrel de Strobel passed away.  I cannot go to the funeral service, but I  would appreciate that my condolonces would be transmitted to her family.
  I have known Guisa since 1959, and especially during her stay at Caltech
  in the early sixties. 

  Leo Houziaux, member, IAU comm.  29 and past president IAU commission 46.

Thursday, 20 September 2012 00:00
Dianne Harmer

I have many happy memories of meeting and working
with the Cayrels which go back to the late 1960's in the UK and in France.
Giusa was a wonderful character, with such infectious enthusiasm, and was a
great source of encouragement to those of us whose interests lay in stellar
spectroscopy! She will surely be missed.

Dianne Harmer
(Kitt Peak Instrument Support now, but a former research associate
with Bernard Pagel at RGO (1964-1985), so I have long memories of

Thursday, 20 September 2012 00:00
Chris Corbally

I'm personally sad to hear of Guisa's death.   What a wonderful presence she always was at our meetings and what solid research she contributed!  We've lost a great lady.


Tuesday, 18 September 2012 00:00
Dave Soderblom

I'll really miss her.  Exceptional.

Dave Soderblom

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 00:00
Nina Polosukhina

Please  pass my condolences to Roger  Cayrel  and
all friends  and family  Cayrel !  

Nina Polosukhina

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 00:00
Franco Giovannelli

I am sorry for this sad news.
I would like to offer her family and friends my condolences.

Franco Giovannelli

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 00:00
Jean-Michel LE CONTEL

 I am very sad: I met Giusa
in the early sixties at IAP and meudon observatory and I remember how it
was pleasant for a young astronomer to discuss with a so enthousiastic
astronomer.I also discussed with her during long nignts when we were
observing at the HPObservatory. 
J.M. le Contel

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 00:00
Carney, Bruce William

Thanks for sharing the sad news about Giusa. What a stimulating spirit
was she.


Wednesday, 19 September 2012 00:00
Vera Gopka

I present my condolences with great sadness.  I will always remember and
never forget a teacher and exemple for me.
                     With respect
Vera Gopka.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 00:00

Thank you for keeping me informed about this news, which I am sorry
to hear.  I have many many memories of times with her and Roger in the 70s
and 80s, mostly in France, but also at various IAU conferences.

My best personal regards...  Peter

Thursday, 04 October 2012 16:30
Tamara Mishenina

Guisa Cayrel came to the conference on lithium, held in Paris, last February...

Her interest in astrophysics was everlasting indeed. Her first works on the K-giants and the

catalogues had really great influence on the development of researching the chemical composition of stars in many countries, including Ukraine.

My sincere condolences to her family.


Tamara Mishenina

Tuesday, 02 October 2012 09:16
Thierry Montmerle

I remember Giusa from my student days. A strong presence, a loud voice, but a lot of kindness in private. As my career shifted away from purely stellar topics, and away from Meudon and Paris, I lost track of her somewhat. But she's one of the persons (along with Evry Schatzman) who were most important in my early astronomoical life.

Hearty condolences to Roger and their family.

T. Montmerle, IAU General Secretary

Monday, 01 October 2012 13:37
Albert Bijaoui

J'ai été très attristé par cette nouvelle. Je me souviendrai toujours des remarques très pertinentes de Giusa pendant les cours d'André Lallemand au Collège de France, alors que je venais d'entrer à l'Observatoire de Paris. Cela contribuait à donner une image très chaleureuse de la communauté astronomique française?

Toutes mes condoléances à Roger et à sa famille.


Albert Bijaoui

Monday, 01 October 2012 13:15

When in 1972 I went from Australia to France on a postdoctoral fellowship at the Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, I went to work under Giusa Cayrel, one of the leading astronomers in Europe (if not the world) working on stellar abundances. At the time, the so-called super-metal-rich stars were the big topic, and Giusa was an enthusiastic supporter of the concept, even though their metallicities were little more than twice solar. I spent two and a half glorious years in Paris, and my family absorbed ourselves in French language and culture. But always Giusa was like a mother away from home, who looked after our whole family including 6-month old baby daughter. Her infectious enthusiasm for astronomy as well as families (the Cayrels had three young daughters of their own) and life in general made a deep impression on us, and I will always be grateful for the inspiration she gave with such high energy.



One of my enduring memories of Giusa was when we were on holiday with the Cayrel family at Meschers on the Gironde near Bordeaux. Giusa being fluent in Italian, French, German and English (the first being her native tongue) relished being able to display her polyglot abilities. At a large dinner party in the Cayrel family home in Meschers, Giusa (whose voice was always heard above all others!) would control the conversation of the guests around the table coming from multiple linguistic origins. It was an impressive performance!

Thursday, 27 September 2012 02:32
Franco Giovannelli

To all relatives and friends:

please accept my heartfelt sympathy.


Franco Giovannelli

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 20:36

I met Giusa for the first time at the IAU congress in Rome, 1952.What a nice girl! I immediately liked her. Later, my wife Doetie and I visited Giusa and Roger in their  so hospital home in Paris. Although we have not seen her for so many years the memory to Giusa and Roger stand very solid in our memories. It was wonderful to have known her

All our sympathy to |Roger! We will remember Giusa

Doetie and Kees de Jager  

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 17:24
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