Professor Emeritus Richard Thorne


Professor Emeritus Richard Thorne passed away on July 12th at his home in Boise, Idaho from complications of lymphoma.  He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his wife, Monica, his brother, Mike, and his sons, Peter, Michael and Thomas.  Richard’s research focused on a fundamental understanding of wave-particle interactions in space.  He was best known for his work on the radiation belts at the Earth and planets and on the origin of low-level light emissions from the diffuse aurora.

Below is a message from Richard’s wife Monica regarding his funeral arrangements and a charity to donate to on his behalf:

The funeral for Richard will be this Friday, July 19th, at 11:00 A.M. at Holy Apostles Catholic Church, 6300 N. Meridian Road, Meridian, Idaho 83646.  More information can be found at  If anyone would like to donate to a charity, they may do so online at (Designation: Cancer Services) or by mailing a check to St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute, c/o St. Luke’s Foundation, 190 E. Bannock Street, Boise, Idaho 83712.