[Chicago] A sad day for our community. John Hunter: 1968-2012.

Chris McAvoy chris.mcavoy at gmail.com
Thu Aug 30 19:26:45 CEST 2012

Very sad to hear this. Although I only met John a handful of times, he had
a big impact on my professional life (which ultimately bleeds into my
personal life). In one of John's first presentations to ChiPy, he showed us
how he was using Python and matplotlib to map brainwaves. He showed us a
slide of an open human skull, with electrodes connected directly to a
subject's brain. At the time, ChiPy was pretty new, and only a few people
in the group were using Python in their professional lives. John's slide
was a big deal to me...for years afterwards, when someone would ask if
Python was really production ready, I'd reference that slide and say
something like, "John Hunter uses it for brain surgery" (not entirely
accurate, but...heh..artistic license)

I saw John and his family in the parking lot of IKEA a few years ago, and
thought for sure he wouldn't remember me, but he did, and was super nice.

Thanks John, for the tools you built, the community you fostered, and the
lives you changed.


On Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 1:44 AM, Brian Ray <brianhray at gmail.com> wrote:

> This is very heart breaking news... John was at the very first unofficial
> ChiPy meeting and presented several times over the years. Many of us know
> him for his contributions and some of us as a friend. He was a brilliant
> scientist, a thoughtful developer, and a kind soul. He will be missed.
> Thoughts with his family during this sad time.
> Rest in peace, John.
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