Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Team

The SPIRE instrument was assembled at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), in Oxfordshire.  The RAL team are heavily involved in the operations and support of the SPIRE instrument, as well as helping other scientists use it efficiently.

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Tim Grundy

Tim Grundy

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

EGSE Support

I was responsible for testing the on-board software before and after launch. I commissioned the spectrometer mechanisms.

Steve Guest

Steve Guest

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

SPIRE Software Manager

I look after all the software development activities in the ICC and the common Herschel area.

Sarah Leeks

Sarah Leeks

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

I am the Calibration Scientist for the SPIRE instrument on Herschel. I oversaw the Performance Verification phase for SPIRE and am responsible for the routine calibration of SPIRE.

Tanya Lim

Tanya Lim

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

SPIRE Project and ICC Manager

I manage SPIRE for the Consortium and at RAL. I trouble-shoot, fight fires, and try to keep everybody happy.

Huw Morris

Brian McIlwrath

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Software Engineer

I have recently taken over the maintenance and future improvements to the Scan Map software used in the SPIRE photometer data analysis pipelines.

Huw Morris

Huw Morris

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

SPIRE Systems Maintenance

I solve problems connected with the software running on the SPIRE project hardware.

Chris Pearson

Chris Pearson

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

SPIRE Observations Team Manager / Herschel Outreach.

I oversee the scientific validation of the SPIRE software pipelines and the pipeline user guides. I also handle Herschel outreach at RAL.

Ed Polehampton

Ed Polehampton

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

SPIRE Spectrometer Scientist

I work in the SPIRE Spectrometer team on calibration, data analysis and documentation.

Jane Porter

Jane Porter

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Project Administrator

Project administration for RAL staff and visitors to RAL, including arranging travel and meetings.

Sunil Sidher

Sunil Sidher

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

SPIRE Operations Scientist and Ground Segment System Engineer

I look after SPIRE operations and monitor instrument safety. I carry out engineering and calibration observations as required.

Bruce Swinyard

Bruce Swinyard

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
and University College London

SPIRE Instrument Scientist and RAL Co-Investigator

I test the pipeline and make sure the instrument is working properly. My areas of interest are solar system science and using the FTS to study high-redshift lensed galaxies.

Glenn White

Glenn White

Ruterford Appleton Laboratory
and The Open University

Scientist

I am working on scientific data reduction and analysis. My areas of interest are star formation, debris disks and the cosmic history of star formation.