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David Corcoran
David Corcoran

David Corcoran

David Corcoran grew up in a small town called Wexford in the southeast of Ireland. David's earliest memory is of the lunar landing in 1969. He was age two. He is undecided whether it was this or the awe inspiring night sky over Wexford which lead him to pursue a career in science. At any rate, some 16 years after the lunar landing, David attended Dublin City University from which he graduated with a BSc. in applied physics. Subsequently he studied astronomy under the supervision of Prof. Tom Ray at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. NGC 1999 was one of the regions investigated by David for his Ph.D. thesis, and it is with a certain fondness that some several years later he once again gets a chance to see the image of this region but this time as a splendid Hubble observation. Indeed, David believes its quite fitting that Irish Astronomers should be involved with the observation, since the central part of the nebula is quite reminiscent of a harp, a national symbol of Ireland!

David is currently a lecturer in Physics in the University of Limerick, where he teaches and researches in the areas of optics and computational physics and when possible takes a telescope or binoculars out and looks at the night sky.