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David Alexander - solar guides


Hi, my name's David Alexander:


Image of David AlexanderWhere do you work?

I work in the USA, but I was born and brought up in Glasgow. I studied astronomy at the University of Glasgow and I became very interested in solar explosions, known as solar flares. I then moved to Montana State University in the USA where I became part of the YOHKOH team. Montana is a very beautiful place (not as beautiful as Scotland though!) and is full of friendly, fun people. After a few years in Montana, I headed south to the San Francisco area of California to work at Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory. I visited Japan often as part of the YOHKOH operations team. I have also helped to create a popular YOHKOH solar website:, to explain our work to the public and school students. I now work at Rice University, Houston, Texas


Yohkoh X-ray image of the Sun from solar maximum to minimum






Image from Yokhoh showing a solar flareYOHKOH X-ray images of the Sun from solar maximum to solar minimum






Here's a YOHKOH X-ray image of a flare, together with a theoretical model of the flare.


Image of the Rangers FC badgeWhat do you do in your spare time?

Most of my spare time these days is taken up with my son, wee David. I do have a keen interest in football and am an avid Glasgow Rangers fan. Although I don't get to see many games I keep in touch via the internet.


Image of David up a treeImage of David and his son, DavidMostly, I just enjoy having fun with my friends.


Here's me testing out one of my 'inversion' routines.


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