RIP Sciblogger John Nixon

We received some sad news here at Sciblogs today – contributor John Nixon, an optical engineer and author of the Light My Fibre blog passed away on March 19, aged 71.

John Nixon (right) dining with telecommunications analyst Paul Budde.
John Nixon (right) dining with telecommunications analyst Paul Budde.

John’s daughter Dominique Annonier wrote from her home in New Caledonia:

I’m very sad to announce that my Dad John Nixon passed away on Tuesday March 19th in Australia.

We buried him on the Gold Coast as per his wishes.

My apologies to people whom I was unable to contact sooner.

I first met John when I was a telecommunications reporter for the New Zealand Herald and regularly drew on his considerable knowledge of broadband networks and fibre optics. As a network engineer, John worked all over New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific islands advising on the design and construction of optical networks.

John was excited about the potential of fibre to revolutionise business and consumer life in New Zealand.

He came onboard Sciblogs in 2010, filing updates from his travels and keeping tabs on the build-out of fibre optic networks on both sides of the Tasman. It is particularly sad that John didn’t live to see these networks completed.

We knew John had been ill with cancer, but his death came out of the blue all the same. We will miss him and the Sciblogs team send our condolences to his family and friends.

Peter Griffin

Sciblogs editor

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