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Dr Mark Taylor

Dr Mark Taylor

Dr Mark Taylor
B.Sc. (Bristol), Ph.D.(Bristol)

Research Fellow

Office 4.37
HH Wills Physics Laboratory,
Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TL
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 928 8776

Research summary

Modern astronomy produces huge amounts of data, both direct images of the sky from telescopes operating at a range of frequencies and the results of processing these images in various ways. Sophisticated software is required to extract scientific results from these data.

My recent work, which includes writing the widely-used graphical tool TOPCAT, has focussed on processing catalogues of astronomical objects (galaxies and stars), particularly in the context of the emerging Virtual Observatory, the worldwide collection of interoperating astronomical data archives and tools.

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I am a Research Fellow in the Astrophysics group, writing and supporting software for use in UK astronomy and beyond. My outputs are software, standards and software support, I do not in general perform science research as such.

I have been working in similar roles since 1998, until 2001 based at the Institute of Astronomy in at the University of Cambridge, and since then in Bristol. This has included work within various UK and European projects including Starlink, AstroGrid, Euro-VOTech and the German Astrophysical Virtual Observatory.

My training is as a physicist though not an astrophysicist. I did a BSc ...

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Recent publications

  • , Eyer, L, Rimoldini, L, Audard, M, Anderson, RI, Nienartowicz, K, Glass, F, Marchal, O, Grenon, M, Mowlavi, N, Holl, B, Clementini, G, Aerts, C, Mazeh, T, Evans, DW, Szabados, L, Brown, AG, Vallenari, A, Prusti, T, De Bruijne, JH, Babusiaux, C, Bailer-Jones, CA, Biermann, M, Jansen, F, Jordi, C, Klioner, SA, Lammers, U, Lindegren, L, Luri, X, Mignard, F, Panem, C, Pourbaix, D, Randich, S, Sartoretti, P, Siddiqui, HI, Soubiran, C, Van Leeuwen, F, Walton, NA, Arenou, F, Bastian, U & others 2019, ‘Gaia Data Release 2: Variable stars in the colour-absolute magnitude diagram’. Astronomy and Astrophysics, vol 623.
  • Taylor, M, 2017, ‘TOPCAT's TAP Client’. in: NPF Lorente, K Shortridge, R Wayth (eds) Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXV. Astronomical Society of the Pacific, pp. 589-592

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