Working in the Adriatic
Grand Canal, Venice Italy
April 1, 2001
Burney Falls, California
July 6, 2001
Railroad Valley (Locke's Pond), Nevada;
September 20, 1997
Timothy John Thompson; In my Office; circa 1991
Salton Sea, California;
January 17, 1999
Timothy J. Thompson
October 19, 1997
Francis William Bourdillon
The night has a thousand eyes,
The mind has a thousand eyes,
The mind has a thousand eyes,
I never barked when out of season,
The digital clock shows the time and Date according to your computer. This is a
JAVA script clock, and if the window seems larger than it needs to be, it's
intentional - some computers display a longer string, and I haven't bothered to
format a custom string for myself. If you really want to know exactly what time
it really is, right now,
you can find out easily enough, courtesy of the
U.S. Naval Observatory and its
Time Service Department. Or, you can visit
the Official U.S. Time server from the
National Institute of Standards and Technology,
and pick your favorite time zone.
I am a physicist formerly employed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where I started in January, 1981 and retired in November, 2008. My main professional interests have been in astronomy, astrophysics, and atmospheric physics. During my 11 years in the radio astronomy group at JPL, I gained experience creating chemical and radiative transfer models of the outer planet atmospheres, as well as the Jovian plasma environment, and in making radioastronomical observations using the facilites of the Deep Space Network. From 1994 through January, 2002, I worked in the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) project, in charge of developing algorithms for applying atmospheric corrections onto spaceborne infrared images, using the MODTRAN radiative transfer package as a kernel. As of January, 2002, I have moved to the Center for Long Wavelength Astrophysics at JPL. We have been preparing for the launch of the Spitzer Space Telescope (SST; formerly known as SIRTF). Since the launch in August of 2003, we have been involved in developing techniques for enhanced resolution of images from the IRAC & MIPS instruments, assissting astronomers with image analysis, and in preparing for proposal submission deadlines.
My main personal interests are astronomy, chess, languages and linguistics. I also like to read military history. I spent one tour in the USAF Security Service. I have B.S. (1978) and M.S. (1985) degrees in physics, and graduated from the Defence Language Institute (1972). The table entries below will provide you with all you ever wanted to know about me.
Mars Attacks won the Best Industrial Team trophy at the 1998 US Amateur Team Championship West. Unfortunately, we haven't won any trophies since then, especially since we are no longer an "industrial" team (you need 3 on a team of 4 from the same employer to be "industrial"). But we have played every year since then, scoring 3 1/2 -1 1/2 in 1998, and 4-2 in 1999, 2000 & 2001. In 2001 we were 4-1 going into the 6th and final round, missing out on 3rd place when were were unable to fend off "Hugo's Heros Part III", the 9th rated team. We lost to them and to the top rated team "Chesstosterone", led by International Master Jack Peters, but we turned the lights out on the number 2 team "Who Turned Out the Lights", winning our match by 3 1/2 -1/2. What will happen in 2002? P.S. What happened in 2002 is that we did not play. Board two Larry Stevens had the temerity to get married on tournament day, and use board one Rick Borgen for best man!
Who is that guy with the beard?|
A short autobiography
A cross country driving trip
|Antiquarian Book Collector||ASTER Project||Chess Player|
Pasadena Chess Club
President (1990-1992, 1997-2002, 2010)
Los Angeles Astronomical Society
Docent & 60-inch Telescope Session Director|
Mount Wilson Observatory
Professor of Planetary Atmospherics;
Ginenthal Chair of Planetary Physics|
Virtual University of Ediacara
Dr. of Creation Science Education
Prof. of Scientific Autorelational Urban Creationary Engineering
By Bayou University
"Your Diploma Mill On the Web"
Informational & Educational Resources on the Web|
astronomy, physics, climate, weather, earthquakes, languages, science; other interesting stuff.
People on the Web|
friends, acquaintances & famous people!
The Leah Hotz Fan Club|
Somebody tell Yo-Yo Ma to move over!
I removed the link to send comments to a guestbook, because I am tired of
going in every day to delete the raft of spam entries from online casinos,
cheap drugs, and worse. It's not worth it. If you have feedback or comments,|
Like Samson I my thousands slay.
I vow, quoth Roger, so you do,
And with the selfsame weapon too.
Impromptu by Benjamin Franklin
Is to do nothing, this my prayer must be:
That thou mayest never guess nor ever see
The all-endured this nothing-done cost me
"The Last Wish"
The background image was taken from the W.M. Keck Observatory web page in Hawaii. The hexagonal pattern shows the structure of the segmented primary mirror common to both of the 10 meter telescopes, each of which consists of 36 1.8 meter segments. Evidently they don't use this image anymore, but I'm keeping it. I think it's cool.
Although the Hobby-Eberly Telescope is constructed with a larger 11 meter primary mirror, only 9.2 meters of that aperature are ever used at any one time, because of the peculiar construction of that telescope. Therefore, the Keck telescopes remain the world's largest in effective aperature.