Mount Toubkal and the scientific careerJanuary 7, 2009
The first decision I have to take regarding this blog is quite political: Spanish or English? What language should I use?
I already have another blog, written completely in Spanish. So, since the idea is to provide a diverse view of whta astronomer do to a very wide community, I believe that the best option should be English. However, if an entry is interesting enough, I will translate into Spanish and I will add a link to it.
By the way, the blog is named Cuaderno de Bitácora Estelar.
PD (2009/01/05): My friend Franck Marchis, who is also part of the Cosmic Diary blogs, has the same problem. He has decided to write both in French and English. I might, after all, follow suit and include some entries in Spanish.
Born in Madrid, Spain, David Barrado completed a degree in physics, specializing in astrophysics, at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. At this same university he started work on a doctorate that he would go on to complete at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in Cambridge (USA). He then spent several years as a post-doctoral researcher at a number of institutes in the United States (including as a Fulbright scholar during his time at CfA), Germany (Max-Planck Institut für Astronomie, in Heidelberg) and Spain (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). David now works at the European Space Astronomy Center (ESAC, Madrid) as a member of the National Technical Aerospace Institute (INTA), part of the Astrobiology Center (CAB), a combined institute made up of INTA and the Center for Higher Scientific Research (CSIC). With the INTA team he led research on the MIRI, an infrared instrument that will fly with the forthcoming space telescope, the JWST. He has also been involved in the development of a number of other astronomical instruments. For two years he was head of the Stellar and Exoplanets Astrophysics Laboratory, as a member of the CAB, and later Director of the Hispano-German Astronomy Center observatory in Calar Alto for three years. His research interests focus on the properties of stars in open star clusters, as well as detecting and characterizing substellar objects and exoplanets. More generally he has specialized in studying the formation of stars and planetary systems using various observational techniques: from visible light to distant infrared, using images and spectroscopes, via both terrestrial and space telescopes. This observation work has seen him publish close to one hundred and fifty articles in prestigious scientific journals. He also combines his research with tireless outreach activities. With Spanish blog, Cuaderno de Bitacora Estelar (see http://www.madrimasd.org/blogs/astrofisica/) has a very large audience.
Pues parece que hemos tenido el mismo problema. Tome la decision de escribir mi blog en ingles y traducir de vez en cuanto en Frances mis articulos. Te deseo un super a~no 2009. Ojala nos veamos en California este a~no.