Nicola Caon obtained his Ph.D. degree in astrophysics in 1993 at the International School of Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy, defending the thesis entitled “The manifold of early-type galaxies.” He then spent three years at the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md, USA, as the holder of an ESA fellowship. In 1997, he moved to the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) where he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Since 2001, he has been the Head of the Astronomical Software Support Group, in charge of the installation, maintenance, and user support of all astronomical software packages, of supercomputing facilities and of a big chunk of the IAC's website. His main areas of research interest are the structure and dynamics of early-type galaxies and, later on, the physical properties of blue compact dwarf galaxies, studied by means of optical and infrared photometry, long-slit, and integral field spectroscopy.
Biography Updated on 5 December 2010