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Peck views one of the places from which his daughter views the universe
Summer hols 2001
have come and gone. Mr Peck's number 3 daughter Marlowe comes to Europe anyway,
and we sojourn northwards to Bonn, Germany, to number 1 daughter Alison's place
of work -- the Max Planck Institut für Radio-Astronomie in Bonn and, much more
fun, the largest single steerable radio telescope in the world, at nearby Effelsberg.
Mighty Big. A football field
across, and since it doesn't work in optical wavelengths, you can disco all night
in nearby cities and nobody cares. Your cell telephone,
however, well, if you dally too long in the Bonn vicinity talking to your former
girlfriend, that might begin to look like a newly-discovered quasar.
climb up in there and have a look.
Up in the dish, near
the top-level control room, we find (from left) Marlowe Peck squinting and losing
her shirt; our splendid astronomer guide, Alex (white hardhat); Alison's friend Tim Canty;
and Alison herownself.
Young Marlowe Peck
HATES being photographed, especially when wearing a hardhat 200 meters off the
ground in the dish of a large radio telescope in Germany.
Back on the ground,
Marlowe, Alison, and Tim (then an atmospheric physics doctoral student visiting
from New Mexico Tech) lounge about near the telescope control centres.
dishes. One for astronomers, three for staff. Just imagine
the TV channels you could get on the big one.
Dad and Alison posing
for a countryside photo in the Effelsberg region of Germany, with the sneaky radio
telescope, like the NSA, watching over them.
all which, Marlowe and her Papa returned to Switzerland for some rainy hiking,
and months later Alison came down to hike about a bit as well. Here.
2002: Alison has moseyed off from Bonn
and now works at Harvard University's radio telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii in
the Sub-Millimeter Array project of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory,
part of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Alison has moseyed off to Santiago, Chile, to be Deputy Project Scientist at the
European Southern Observatory's ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre Array) telescope,
now under construction.
Update 2014: Alison has completed her posting in Chile and settled in at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.
Update 2022: After having rotated back to the Gemini telescope on Mauna Kea for a few years, Dr Alison has transitioned in 2021 to Project Director at the National Science Foundation in Alexandria, Virginia, where we (now here in Staunton, VA) hope to see her more often.
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 24 December 2001, revised 28 May
2008, 1 September 2014, 16 May 2022.