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Michael Rosa

Michael Rosa

Michael Rosa

Born 1953 in Heidelberg, Germany, Dr. Michael Rosa studied Physics and Astronomy at the University of Heidelberg and the State Observatory Heidelberg, receiving a Diploma in Physics in 1978 and a PhD in Astronomy in 1981. >From 1982 to 1984 he held a Fellowship at the Munich Headquarters of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), from where he joined the Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility (ST-ECF, jointly operated by ESO and the Euorpean Space Agency ESA) as an ST Instrument Information Scientist, ESA staff.

In parallel to his scientific investigations (observationally and theoretically) on photoionized nebulae (H II regions) and the evolution of the most massive stars which are generally located in such regions, Michael early on developed a strong interest in the calibration of data from astronomical instrumentation. Contributions to the HST project range from an early pre-launch version of a general HST exposure simulation package to solutions to complex instrumental effects in the Faint Object Spectrograph on HST. Currently, Michael is leading the ST-ECF based Instrument Physical Modeling Group responsible for the final, improved versions of calibration for HST legacy instruments (eg. FOS, GHRS) - the so called Post Operational Archives (POA).

Michael's interests off-work are best described as ``heavy duty'' - like yardwork (lumbering rather than flowers), weight lifting, restoring old cars, and sailing. He served for 20 years in the local fire brigade and last but not least shares with his spouse Dorothea the guiding of 3 children through college.