|Walk of life|
On the second picture you see a scenic part near to
the place were I live. It is just a few hundred meters away from the residential
area, but not many people know about this place.
At the age of 4 I went to kindergarten (I will try to dig up a nice
picture) and two years later real life began at school. When I was 12 a
new phase arrived and I went to junior high. If you want to see my former classmates
then click on the next icon. It shows a picture taken in 1992 at a reunion.
In 1984 I graduated from high school and went to university in Leiden to study
astronomy.After 3 years I got my propedeuse (Bachelors degree) - yes I know this is
rather late - and in 1991 I got my Masters degree. The topic of my masters thesis was
"High redshift radio galaxies with ultra steep spectra".
Immediately after that I
started to work as a research assistant for two years (TWAIO) at the
observatory in Leiden
My main job there was setting up the production pipeline for the Westerbork
Northern Sky Survey (WENSS), a
survey of the sky at two wavelenghts with the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope.
Please let me state here that I am NOT affiliated with the
former camp Westerbork.
This work involved seting up reduction facilities for the data,
writing software, testing batch procedures, visualize data, archiving,
you name it. One extra year was given to finish all software so the
project go ahead smoothly.
During my study in Leiden I also gave tours together with other students at
the old observatory. Every year during the national science week the
observatory is open for visitors. You can see old instruments, telescopes
that still work and people give interesting talks about old and modern
astronomy. I still remember some cold nights in wintertime when I took
pictures of the sky with the photographic refractor.
In march 1995 I started working at SRON in Utrecht as a scientific programmer .
See the Work section for more information about
what I am doing right now.
This document was last updated on 20/08/00