Dr Paul A Daniels
Paul has been interested in Astronomy since the age of 13 (in the days of the Apollo missions and the first Moon landing) when a school-friend let him look through his 4" Newtonian reflector and many happy nights were spent on sun-loungers in the garden watching for meteors. The ephemerides in the 1969 BAA Handbook particularly intrigued him and that was the start of a passionate interest in how such things were calculated and a desire to know more about the solar system.
Paul went on to get a degree in Astrophysics from QMC, London University, where he served as the QMC Astrophysical Society's Secretary and Chairman in his 2nd and 3rd years and introduced luminaries such as Dr Jocelyn Bell-Burnell, Prof Ken Pounds, Dr Patrick Moore and Prof Sir Hermann Bondi.
In 1981 he earned a PhD from Sheffield University studying aspects of dust particle accretion and the structure and evolution of comets and, during that time, gave adult evening class lecture courses about the solar system and was the first Physics postgraduate student at Sheffield to give an undergraduate lecture course (Minor Bodies of the Solar System).
Another year was spent at the Max Planck research institute in Garching (near Munich, Germany) developing some prototype software for ROSAT before, in 1983, his career moved away from Astronomy and into computing.
Paul has been a freelance IT contractor since 1988 and joined GAS in 2000 to renew his interest in Astronomy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Paul was President of GAS between 2012 & 2018, he is VP Astronomy for the Royal Astronomical Society
|Date||Talk at GAS meeting|
|6 Jul 2006||Kepler Is Not A Klingon Toast!|
|4 Oct 2007||No Sultan's Turret?|
|6 May 2010||May the force be with you|
|22 May 2011||Shooting Stars and Dirty Snowballs
Given as a public talk at the Leith Hill Astronomy Festival and at a public outreach event at the Royal Greenwich Observatory, Herstmonceaux
|4 Sep 2014||The Maximum Brightness of Venus
Given as a member's talk after the break on the evening of Jim Al-Khalili's talk.
|5 Sep 2014||Radio Interview on BBC Radio Surrey
I was invited into the studio for an interview on Joe Talbot's 'Feeling Good Friday' programme.
The MP3 audio file (16:45 mins long) can be found here [MP3: 15.3MB, Public] (Left-click to play or Right-click, Save link As… to download) .
|19 Mar 2015||Radio Interview on BBC Radio Surrey
A pre-recorded interview broadcast on the BBC Surrey Drive at 5 programme the day before a partial eclipse of the Sun.
The MP3 audio file (5:52 mins long) can be found here [MP3: 5.37MB, Public] (Left-click to play or Right-click, Save link As… to download) .
|5 Nov 2015||Next Horizons?
Given as a member's talk after the break on the evening of Prof Christian Knigge's talk.
|7 Jan 2016||Astronomy Basics
|7 Apr 2016||Thereby hangs a tail
Comets are fascinating remnants of the early solar system. Their orbits and their appearance are more varied and dynamic than any other solar system body.
|6 May 2021||A Zoom Talk: The Megaconstellation Threat
The impact of satellite megaconstellations on amateur & professional astronomy
See Paul's presentation here