Young Ones television series and their house bore a striking resemblance to our domicile at 60 Normanton Terrace, known among the rodent population as a charitable, if somewhat drafty and barely-heated, shelter.
spectral line formation, and infer atmospheric parameters and elemental abundances. I subsequently managed to secure a NATO postdoctoral fellowship and chose to study at the University of Texas at Austin, where I had visited during the D.Phil to obtain spectra at the McDonald Observatory in west Texas. In a second postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley, I moved higher up in the stellar atmosphere to study stellar coronae using what was to be the newly-launched NASA Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer (EUVE) satellite. Colleagues have pointed out that it was grossly unfair that I passed through to the corona without having to stop at the much more complicated chromosphere for a while.
EUVE obtained the first "high resolution" coronal spectra of stars - resolving powers of 100 or so at wavelengths between 70 and 750 Angstroms, sufficient to isolate prominent spectral lines and perform plasma diagnostics. This provided a natural platform to move to higher energies, and at the end of 1995 I moved to the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics to work on the Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF, later to be re-named the Chandra X-ray Observatory).
I live in Arlington, Massachusetts, with my wife and three children.