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Richard Whitaker

Richard Whitaker

Richard Whitaker

Heritage Intern: Summer 2000

Born in Derbyshire, England, I live there with my parents, two brothers, and a Golden Retriever dog named "Benson." After completing my A-Levels in Maths, Physics, and Chemistry, I decided on a degree in Astrophysics at the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland. My interest in physics both at school and at home, combined with my love for the starry night sky, made it the natural choice. I am currently in my third year at St Andrews and am enjoying every minute of it!

Although I have always been fascinated by the night sky, my interest increased considerably after a certain Christmas gift--a telescope of my very own. With it I have observed some major "amateur objects," and have successfully photographed both Jupiter and Saturn.

During the summer of 2000, I worked as an Intern on the Hubble Heritage Project at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which was truly fantastic-- my 10-inch 'scope is a far cry from the Hubble! It was a great experience to work alongside Keith, Lisa, and the rest of the Heritage Team. Among the images I helped to process are the planetary nebula IC 418 (the Spirograph Nebula), and the globular cluster M15. I also tried my hand at the famous "drizzling" technique used to produce the Hubble Deep Field.

I am a Christian and am especially intrigued by the way in which science complements my belief. Aside from Astronomy I enjoy flying large Power Kites, swimming and--occasionally--golf (a must if studying in St Andrews!). I am a car enthusiast and despite having an interest in the usual Ferraris and Aston Martins, I am also keen on trusty British Landrovers, being the proud owner of one.

Prior to my experiences at the "'Tute" I was unsure whether or not to opt for a career in Astronomy. After all I have seen and learnt this summer I am now very keen to further my studies and hope to continue on for a Ph.D. after I finish my undergraduate degree.

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