How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like about living here?
I have lived in Parkes for over 20 years, having arrived with my wife in October 1996, to work at the Parkes Telescope. The best thing about Parkes is the people and the sense of community. It’s a great place to live and work.
Where do you work and what do you enjoy most about your work?
I am an Operations Scientist at the CSIRO Parkes Telescope. As a school boy, I used to day- dream of working there one day, so for me, it’s literally a dream come true. What I enjoy most is the opportunity to work with so many world-class scientists. We have so many people visit from around the world, that at times it feels like a mini United Nations.
What do you do to unwind after work and on weekends?
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. There’s nothing better than having a barbecue with friends around. Also, a bit of star gazing at night, really puts me at ease.
What are you really good at?
Talking about astronomy. I really can’t help myself.
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
I’d like to fly like superman. Imagine flying to the moon and back, with- out the need for a rocket. Now, that would be neat.
What is your pet hate?
Phoning a help line and being made to wait an eternity to speak to a human being. Whatever hap- pened to customer service?
Tell us about your best holiday ever.
I was backpacking through Europe in 1989, when the Berlin Wall came down. It was a great time with many historic events going on. It’s also when I met my wife.