T. Neil Davis was born on February 1, 1932, in Greeley, Colorado and died on December 10, 2016.
He was a professor emeritus of geophysics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the author of several books.
He received his B.S in geophysics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1945, an M.S. in geophysics from California Institute of Technology in 1957, and a Ph.D in geo-physics from University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1961.
He spent most of his working career at the Geophysical Institute, pioneering the use of all-sky and low-level light cameras for the study of the aurora borealis and conducting rocket studies of the aurora.
Along With Masahisa Sugiura (while both were at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) he introduced the AE (auroral electrojet) index now commonly used as a measure of solar-terrestrial interaction.
He was a student of Beno Gutenberg and Charles Richter at Caltech, he also has done work in observational seismology.
T. Neil Davis passed away 84 years old.