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Patrick Shopbell's
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Who am I?

I am a Member of Professional Staff in the Department of Astronomy, at the California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena, a suburb of Los Angeles.

What am I doing?

My primary role here is to maintain a network of several hundred Unix and PC systems used for astronomical research and education. When I'm not working on that, I have a number of research projects in which I am involved, studying starburst and active galaxies, similar to the one pictured at right. My studies make use of data from ground-based observatories, such as Palomar and Keck, the Hubble Space Telescope, and its X-ray counterpart, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory (CXO). Recently I have also been working on the large COSMOS Survey, the largest contiguous area ever imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Anything else?

My other astronomical interests include astronomy education, astronomical software, and remote observing techniques. I have an extensive listing of astronomy web resources, which I have gleaned from across the web. Although I have collected them primarily for my own use, I hope you find them interesting and/or helpful as well. The resources include astronomical observatories, on-line publications,data archives, links to spacecraft web pages, a collection of NASA-related resources, and more. (Aside: These links have become quite dated... enjoy them anyway...)

Enough of that. What am I doing for fun?

I spend most of the rest of my time either with my wife, Marcia, exploring with my twin boys, Daniel and James, or toying with computer software, for my machines at work and home (both Apple Macs). I also run my own computer consulting business, specializing in scientific applications in Unix and PC environments. Send e-mail to me at if you would like to find out more about this.

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