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Fabio Bresolin

Fabio Bresolin

Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii

Fabio Bresolin was born and raised in Italy, in the hilly countryside north of Venice. His interest in the heavens started when he was 10, and led him to obtain an undergraduate degree in Astronomy at the University of Padova. He then moved to the United States, and received his Ph.D. at Steward Observatory in Tucson, Arizona in 1997, working on the ionized gaseous nebulae found in spiral galaxies. During this time he also participated in the HST Key Project on the Distance Scale, got married and materialized his first child. He held postdoc positions in Germany, first at the European Southern Observatory near Munich, and then at the Munich University Observatory, from 1997 to 2001. Here he started to work on the quantitative spectroscopic analysis of extragalactic blue supergiant stars.

With a rather dramatic climatic change, he and his family moved to Hawaii in 2001, where Fabio is currently an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Astronomy in Honolulu. He works on massive stars and chemical abundances in galaxies. He is involved with the Araucaria Project, an international collaboration with the aim of improving the calibration of stellar distance indicators in galaxies, including blue supergiants and Cepheid variables. He can occasionally be spotted while observing galaxies atop Mauna Kea or in the deserts of Chile. More often he can be seen commuting on Kalaniana`ole highway on his white Vespa scooter. As a new Hawaiian resident he sometimes senses the unfairness of life, because, unlike his three children, he does not like sand.

Fabio Bresolin's collaborators on this image of NGC 300 are Rolf-Peter Kudritzki (Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii) and Wolfgang Gieren and Grzegorz Pietrzynski (Universidad de Concepcion, Chile).

Jay Anders