Professional & Amateur Astronomers
Thursday, 29th April 2021 (19:45 - 21:00)
Venue: Virtual Meeting
Astronomy is one where great contributions are made by both professionals and amateurs but in many ways, the distinction between the two is somewhat blurred. In fact, it is possible for the same individual to be both a professional and an amateur. The talk will consider the roles of professional astronomers and amateur astronomers including ways in which each group can help and assist the other. The talk will consider some professional projects and some amateur projects. Finally, the talk will consider a figure from history who contributed greatly to the subject by being both a professional and an amateur astronomer.
Speaker: Dr Colin Steele
Inspired by early events including Apollo Moon landings.
Bought small telescope 1972.
Joined Dundee AS, 1978.
Studied Mathematics and Astronomy and Astrophysics, St Andrews University, 1982-1986.
PhD in Applied Mathematics (Dynamics of Solar Prominences), 1986-1990.
Teaching of Mathematics to students in many parts of University of Manchester, since 1993.
Studies into Equilibria and Stability of Structures in solar atmosphere
Dynamics of orbits of Trojan Asteroids.
Observations of e.g. Meteors, Noctilucent Clouds etc.
Dabbler in non-telescopic astrophotography
Joined Dundee AS, 1978. BAA 1985, Many other societies. Member of IAU.
Active in BAA Meteor section mid-1980s onwards
Scottish Astronomers Group President 1991-1993
Speaker at various astronomical societies.
Currently resident in Dore, Sheffield. Married with 2 youngsters.