How Python Slithered into Astronomy
Perry's thesis for his M.I.T. Physics Ph.D. was based on Very Large Array radio observations of the first discovered gravitational lens. He worked briefly as a communications engineer at Bell Labs before joining the Space Telescope Science Institute in 1986. He was initially responsible for calibrating the Faint Object Camera for the Hubble Space Telescope. He then moved on to lead the Science Software Branch. For the past 12 years, Perry and his group have pioneered the use of Python in astronomy. They have developed PyRAF, numarray (the precursor to NumPy), and PyFITS. They were also instrumental in the development and support of matplotlib. They are now involved in developing the science software to support the next large space telescope under construction, the James Webb Space Telescope.
What Matters in Scientific Software Projects? 10 Years of Success and Failure Distilled
Eric has a broad background in engineering and software development and leads product engineering and software design at Enthought. Prior to co-founding Enthought, Eric worked in the fields of numerical electromagnetics and genetic optimization in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Duke University. His research lead him to become one of the initial co-authors of SciPy. He has taught numerous courses about Python and how to use it for scientific computing. He also serves as a member of the Python Software Foundation.
Science in the Service of Awesome: Building on top of Scientific Computing
Hilary is the lead scientist at bit.ly, where she is finding sense in vast data sets. Her work involves both pure research and development of product-focused features. She's also a co-founder of HackNY, a non-profit organization that connects talented student hackers from around the world with startups in NYC. Hilary recently started the data science blog Dataists and is a member of hacker collective NYC Resistor. She has discovered two new species, loves to bake cookies, and asks way too many questions.
The Reality of Digital Science - How the Digital Age Affects Research
Kaitlin Thaney is the head of External Partnerships for Digital Science - a new technology company out of Macmillan Publishers working to make research more efficient through better use of tools. She comes from the open science world, most recently managing the science division of Creative Commons. She's passionate about interoperability, has a background steeped in knowledge sharing, and works to understand how scientists interact with technology. She's based in London.