Short Alexander - Gaia
Gaia was proposed in 1993 and since then, many people have been involved in the Gaia mission, whether at ESA, at industry side or at one of the institutes involved in the Gaia data processing. The Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC) is a collaboration which consists of around 450 scientists and engineers.
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European Space Agency
Currently a member of the "Scientific Payloads and Advanced Concepts" office at ESTEC, Alex has been assigned to support the Gaia project scientist on a near full-time basis. In this capacity he is mainly concerned with CCD development and performance, monte-carlo simulation and radiation issues.
Alex has a PhD in astronomical instrumentation from the University of Leicester where he subsequently served as instrument scientist and project manager for the EPIC imaging spectrometers aboard XMM-Newton. After the launch of XMM-Newton in December 1999, he was the UK project scientist for the X-Ray telescope aboard NASA's Swift Gamma Ray Burst observatory until moving to ESTEC in 2003.
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