Fr. Thomas Burke-Gaffney, the noted Australian seismologist, died in Sydney on Sunday after a three-month illness, aged 65. Fr. Burke-Ciaffney, who was the director of Riverview College, New South Wales, came into prominence with his paper on "seismological and related aspects of hydrogen bomb explosions".
The paper astounded scientists by its accurate timing of nuclear explosions to within five seconds. As a result of the paper, controlled nuclear tests were held in the Nevada Desert to test his theories, which proved correct.