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Arnold Rots

Center for Astrophysics


Arnold Rots received his PhD from the University of Groningen in 1974 and worked as a radio astronomer specializing in spectral line aperture synthesis observations of spiral galaxies at the NRAO (Charlottesville, VA, Green Bank, WV, Socorro, NM), the Netherlands Foundation for Radio Astronomy (The Netherlands), and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (Bangalore, India). After switching to the X-ray regime he worked for USRA on the data management system of the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer, X-ray pulsars, and timing calibration at NASA's GSFC in Greenbelt, MD. The last 20 years of his career he served as Archive Astrophysicist for the Chandra X-ray Observatory at the CfA. In that capacity he has, among other things, led the effort to provide the Chandra Data Archive with the best bibliographic database in the business and, in general astronomical standards development, the FITS WCS standard on Time. Since his retirement in 2018 he has been working as a SAO Research Associate on catalog cross-matching algorithms and implementations, and on the AstroGen project of the AAS.

PhD University of Groningen (The Netherlands) 1974