Introducing Tom Robitaille

Tom Robitaille recently started work as a freelance scientific software developer and is currently based in the UK. Prior to this, he worked as a researcher in the field of radiative transfer and Galactic star formation.

Tom completed his PhD at the University of St Andrews in 2008, worked as a Spitzer postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics until 2011, and finally led a research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg until the end of 2015. During his time as a researcher, he became involved in a number of open-source scientific software projects, and developed or co-developed Python packages such as APLpy, IDLSave, astrodendro, and many more. He then became one of the coordinators and lead developers for Astropy, a community-driven effort to develop a core Python package for Astronomy and promote interoperability between Python packages.

As a freelance developer, Tom now also leads the development of Glue, a package for multi-dimensional data exploration, and is working as the scientific editor for software papers for the AAS journals. You can find him on Twitter as @astrofrog, and he also occasionally blogs about Python, Astronomy, and Open Science.


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