[visionlist] Aaron Clarke

Laurence Harris harris at yorku.ca
Fri Nov 30 18:36:26 -05 2018

I am saddened to have to tell you of the death of Aaron Clarke on 
Saturday 24 November 2018.

Aaron Clarke
10 Oct 1977-24 Nov 2018

Aaron completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto 
where he did his thesis with Allison Sekuler and Pat Bennett, and 
continued to work with them as a research assistant when they moved to 
McMaster. Following his Masters with James Elder at the Centre for 
Vision Research at York University in Toronto, he completed his PhD 
studies with Stéphane Rainville at North Dakota State University in 
2010. After a post-doc with Michael Herzog at the Brain Mind Institute 
at the École Polytechnique Féderale de Lausanne, Switzerland, Aaron took 
up an assistant professorship in the psychology department of Bilkent 
University <http://aaron.clarke.bilkent.edu.tr/> in Turkey. He then left 
university life to join Magic Leap, the virtual reality company in 
Florida, as a senior scientist.

He will be missed by everyone that knew him and whose life he touched: 
especially his family and friends. Some of us will remember him for his 
crazy, enthusiastic and impressive dancing style as well as his 
imaginative contributions to vision science (e.g., 1 
2 <https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S004269891630150X>, 
3 <https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0042698915003326>, 
4 <https://jov.arvojournals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2194056>).


    /Our deepest sympathy to the Reverend Michael Clarke, whose son
    Aaron died suddenly at his home in Florida on Saturday, November
    24. Please hold Michael and their family in your prayers as they
    mourn. /


    /Michael has been in Florida taking care of his son's affairs and
    having returned home is now requesting space to grieve. A private
    memorial will be held at St. Stephen's, Hornby./


    /People wishing to express sympathy and condolences are asked to
    please send //messages via the Bishop's Office
    <mailto:bishop at niagaraanglican.ca>//, rather than contacting Michael
    directly. These messages will be saved and shared at a later date./

Laurence Harris
Centre for Vision Research
York University, Toronto
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