Who I am in short

I am a 32 year old Dutch guy. I was born and raised in the Netherlands, mainly in Alkmaar (the cheese city). I studied astronomy and theoretical physics at the University of Amsterdam. From October 2003 to October 2007 I worked as an AiO (PhD student) at the Astronomical Institute "Anton Pannekoek" at the University of Amsterdam. My supervisor there was prof. dr. R.A.M.J. Wijers. I obtained my PhD on 13 September 2007, on observational research on gamma-ray burst afterglows and GRB host galaxies.

I am married to dr. Rhaana Starling, who works as a postdoc (Swift XRT scientist and from January 2011 a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow) at the University of Leicester. You can visit our wedding website here. We are proud parents of a beautiful, 2 year old, boy.

My family from fathers side is a very old family from the north of the country. My coat of arms can be found here.

I am a member of AWSV Metius in Alkmaar (the Netherlands), an amateur astronomy society. I enjoy observing a lot, with the eye and with CCDs, for example with the Metius ABT remote controlled telescope. I am interested in using amateur equipment to do interesting science (gamma-ray bursts, supernovae, microlensing). This has been rather succesful the last years.
Do you have a decent telescope, CCD, filterwheel and a lot of spare time? Contact me!

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