Alexander Short - Gaia
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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