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Francesco Paresce

Francesco Paresce

IASF, Bologna, Italy

Francesco Paresce is currently a senior astronomer with the Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica in Bologna, Italy. He is also a consultant for the European Space Agency (ESA) on the ESA/NASA joint project for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and is a member of the Science Oversight Committee for the Wide Field Camera 3 that has been recently installed into the HST by the shuttle Science Servicing Mission 4. His research interest at the moment concerns the physics of star formation in super star clusters in the Milky Way and the Magellanic Clouds. He worked in the past for ESA as the project scientist for the Faint Object Camera on HST and for the European Southern Observatory as project scientist of the Very Large Telescope Interferometer. He holds a doctorate in Physics from the University of Rome La Sapienza and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of California at Berkeley where he worked on several space physics missions for NASA.

His hobbies and interests are skiing in the Alps and kayaking in the oceans and lagoons of the world. When it's raining outside he "likes to bone up on the latest physical theories of the universe and attempt (vainly usually) to understand its possibly hidden spiritual dimensions."

Dr. Paresce is photographed above with his two grandsons in Venice in 2009.

The members of the WFC3 Science Oversight Committee and Early Release Science, which includes observations of 30 Doradus include: R. O'Donnell (University of Virginia), B. Balick (University of Washington), H. Bond (STScI), D. Calzetti (University of Massachusetts), M. Carollo (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich), M. Disney (University of Wales, College of Cardiff), M. Dopita (Australian National University), J. Frogel (Ohio State University Research Foundation) , D. Hall (University of Hawaii), J. Holtzman (New Mexico State University), P. McCarthy (Carnegie Institution of Washington), F. Paresce (IASF, Bologna), A. Saha (NOAO/AURA) , J. Silk (University of Oxford), A. Walker (NOAO/CTIO) , B. Whitmore (STScI), R. Windhorst (Arizona State University), and E. Young (University of Arizona).