Lock Tim - Gaia
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Tim Lock (-2019)
European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC)
Tim Lock started to work as a software quality assurance engineer with ESA on the development of the SOC (science operations centre) for ISO (Infra-red Space Observatory) in 1993. He supported the SOC well into operations and then moved to support the development of the INTEGRAL Science Data Centre based in Geneva. After seeing ISDC into successful operations, he moved again to ESTEC and from there he supported the science ground segment developments for Herschel and Planck as well as software developments for spacecraft on-board equipment and also for science projects destined for the ISS.
He is now based at the ESA site in Spain, called ESAC. He supports several projects directly, including Gaia SGS, and also other projects indirectly through QA contractors based at ESAC.
Tim started work with a degree in electrical and electronic engineering in the UK defence industry but soon moved into similar work in Munich. After some time there, he was on the move again, this time to a company on the outkskirts of Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Before starting the long run with ESA work, he returned from the USA and settled for 6 years back in Munich.
When not traveling for work, he was off around the world as a tourist and underwater photography became a much loved distraction. Nowadays, the tourist travel has decreased and the diving stopped.....the reason: children.
Tim lock sadly passed away on 30 August 2019.
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