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Mark Galassi

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Biographical Sketch

Mark Galassi was born in Manhattan, January 8 1965. He grew up in France (ages 1-6) and Italy (ages 6-18). He studied classics at the Liceo Classico Parini in Milan.

He returned to the United States in 1983 to attend Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where he got his BA in physics (December 1986).

In September 1987 he moved to Long Island to study in the Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook under Martin Rocek.

He finished his PhD in September 1992 with a thesis in General Relativity and Regge Calculus. (See my Dissertation.)

After Stony Brook he moved to Santa Fe in 1992, New Mexico, to work in the Theoretical Astrophysics group in Los Alamos National Laboratory.

He still lives in Santa Fe, raises his three wonderful children, and works in Los Alamos. Since 1993 Mark has been in the Space Science and Technology division (renamed various times; now it's called ISR division, but nobody knows what that actually stands for). Mark has happily worked on research in astrophysics, nuclear non-proliferation, radiography, space physics, computer science, ionospheric physics...

In the spring of 1997 he took a partial sabbatical from Los Alamos and worked for Cygnus (now merged with Red Hat) writing software and books for eCos. He returned to full time work in Los Alamos to work on the HETE-2 satellite

Research and Software Development

Here is a partial list of the projects I have worked on:

I also sit on the board of directors of the Software Freedom Conservancy, and chaired it from when we first had a chair until 2022. Conservancy is a non-profit organization which provides fiscal sponsorship to many important free software projects, and hosts important educational projects like Outreachy and the Institute for Computing in Research.

I have been contributing to the free/open-source software movement since the earliest days. It is thanks to the free software movement that I have enjoyed my scientific work and my software development work.

I tend to be interested in almost any scientific project, and enjoy collaborating with people in very different areas from physics. I have concluded that I am more driven by the day-to-day detailed work of scientific research than by a specific career-long project.

My deep love for research and how computing affects has led me to work with some excellent collaborators in creating the Institute for Computing in Research, and to teach computer programming with a focus on preparing students for research.

Writing, editing, conferences

I like to write papers and other documents on the topics I research, the software I write, and things I learn. Here is a pointer to documentation I have written. At this point these links are getting a bit old and stale. More up-to-date docs are at markgalassi.sourceforge.io although I'm still looking for a permanent-feeling mercurial-controlled site for documentation.

James Theiler and I designed and started the implementaiton of the GNU Scientific Library (GSL) back in 1996. We were joined soon by Brian Gough who contributed to the design and ended up implementing much more than we had originally. Now many others have done a lot of very good work on GSL. You can find the book here in html and PDF format.

In 2003 Ed Fenimore and I organized the Gamma Ray-Burst conference. We also edited and published the Gamma-Ray Bursts: 30 Years of Discovery prceedings book.

In 2007 David Palmer, Ed Fenimore and I organized the Gamma Ray-Burst conference. We also edited and published the Gamma-Ray Bursts 2007 prceedings book.

Other computing and science interests

(links here might be broken; this is mostly an old section)

Other (non-technical) interests

Music (I play folk music on the guitar and sometimes play gigs), martial arts (I train in and teach Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido in Santa Fe), chess (I played competitively as a teenager; now I help coach the Santa Fe Children's Chess Club), woodworking, reading, ...

Contact info

email: mark_web@galassi.org

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