BASIC DATA - Who is Glenn Schneider?

Birthplace (Spatial and Temporal)

New York City (NYC), New York @ JD=2450212.0017

(Growing up in New York City he was, from his early teen-age years, a member of the Amateur Observers' Society - a NYC based astronomy club.  That, he is sure, helped shape the future direction of his life.  He remains an honorary life-member, though displaced by about 3,400 km.)

Home Town

"da Bronx". (The only NYC borough attached to the mainland of the USA.)

(Glenn received his first amateur radio license [a.k.a. "ticket"] at age 14 while living in the Bronx, and was then issued by the FCC, by pure coincidence the call sign WN2BNY [not by any design: Bronx New York]!)

High School

Bronx High School of Science (class of 1972)

(With plausible deniability, Glenn eschews speculation that he was involved in the painting of the giant "'72'" on the outside of the high-school planetarium dome that, on the roof of the building, could be seen for kilometers as a parting gift of the graduating class of 1972 [now, sadly gone].  As he has an air tight alibi, he will continue to do so (at least until he knows if/when a statute of limitations runs out.)

College (Undergraduate)

New York Institute of Technology (class of 1976; B.S., Physics)

(Commuting daily by subway to the Manhattan campus while a freshman, and then fighting the daily grind of the the Long Island Expressway when a sophomore-senior at the Westbury campus.)

College (Graduate)

University of Florida (class of 1985; Ph.D., Astronomy)

(As a student of Dr. John P. Oliver [dissertation committee chairman] to whom I owe much professional and personal gratitude, and with his recent departure from this Earth is sorely missed.)

Outside Interests

* Eclipse Chasing (now that IS an "outside" interest)

* (Astro-)/Photography

* Classical Music (listening - not playing)

* Cooking (when I can get in the kitchen!)

* Introducing Egg Creams to folks in remote corners of the globe

* Caving (hmmm... I guess this is an "inside" interest)

Current Areas of Astronomical Interest (see CV)

* Circumstellar, Protoplanetary, Transition & Debris Disks

* Brown Dwarfs and Extrasolar Giant Planets

* Formation, Evolution, Properties, Architectures & Diversity of Extrasolar Planetary Systems

* High-Contrast Imaging and Space-based Coronagraphy

* Formation and stability of stellar and planetary systems

Past Major Scientific Areas  (see CV)

* Determination of stellar diameters and duplicity by lunar occultations (dissertation research)

* Binary Stars (including Eclipsing & Interacting)

* White Dwarf Stars (including numerical modeling of interior structures)

* Wolf-Rayet Stars

* Asteroids (a.k.a. Minor Planets)

Karla Yrs Rahman-Schneider

Child: Maia* Alice Rose Schneider
   * 20 Tauri, in the Pleadies, V=3.86, sp=B7III
   "...and queenly the will of Zeus illustrious... ", Aratus, 3 B.C.

(Very abbreviated!) Personal Biographical "Highlights"

Glenn Schneider is an Astronomer at the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory and Department of Astronomy.  He currently is involved in a number of NASA or STScI sponsored research programs, and is the Principal Investigator for the EXoplanetary Circumstellar Environments and Disk Explorer (EXCEDE; recently completed technology development and maturation as a NASA Category III Explorer investigation) MIDEX science mission concept under review by NASA. From 1994 - 2003 he served as the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS; a second generation instrument installed on the Hubble Space Telescope) Project instrument scientist, at the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory. Prior, he worked for ten years at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland as an Operations Astronomer with (over time) responsibilities for the Wide Field/Planetary Cameras (1 & 2), Fine Guidance Sensors (used for astrometric science) and related observatory operations.

Glenn is also an ardent umbraphile, literally a "shadow lover", but properly applied one who is addicted to the glory and majesty of total solar eclipses. He has stood (or flown with-)in the lunar umbral shadow thirty-three times since his first immersion in 1970 (that forever changed his life).  Since 2002, Glenn has been a member of the International Astronomical Union's Working Group on Solar eclipses . His passion for "all things eclipses" is clearly attested to by his eclipse-chasing history and related activities.

Glenn has been writing application S/W programs, almost exclusively in APL, for 45 years (gulp!). Though he does use IDL for many of his astronomical pursuits - a commonly used language in the field - he firmly believes that anyone doing any sort of numerical modeling, analysis, or programming (except for process control applications) in other language other than APL is just wasting his/her valuable time. (In APL the expression of a problem is it's solution - but enough proselytizing.) Despite this, he has had no aversion to getting his hands dirty with machine languages and assembly codes. In his past he has worked on platforms ranging in diversity 1-MHz 8-bit processors such as the Rockwell AIM-65 (6502 uP), IBM 1620, IBM 360, Xerox Sigma series, and Cray YM/P and VAX 780/8800 mainframes (to name a few) and early 'portables' such as the MCM 70 and IMB 5100. 

Glenn is of the unpopular opinion that UNIX is a passing fad, and that VMS should have outlived the cockroach. Though today his favorite platform/OS, by far, is MacOS/X - though it was a sad day when Apple Computer became just "Apple" and befell the pressures of the consumer driven marketplace.  Earlier (in the pre OS X days), for a dozen years or so, Glenn had been distributing astronomy (and other) software applications (written, transparently to user's, in APL of course) for Macintosh computers through a small, now long now-defunct,  family-run business, sofTouch APpLications.

of his favorite recollections are:

1) Navigating a DC-10, using a Macintosh PowerBook 170, for a center-line intercept to observe the total solar eclipse of 1992.

2) Arguing with a colleague of similar theological bent, when he was working at the South Pole in December of 1984, as to when they should start celebrating Hanukkah (since the sun would not set for another 3 months).

As always he wishes everyone: "Clear skies, and good seeing!"

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