Hello! My name's Mike Peel (or, if acronyms after a name mean anything to you: Dr Michael Peel PhD MPhys FRAS AMInstP). Welcome to my website! As you're here, odds are you already know me, so I'll forgo much description of myself and just sketch out the basics of what I do.
I studied for a Masters in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester between 2002 and 2006 (see MPhys lecture notes), followed by a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics at Jodrell Bank in 2009.
I have a strong interest in computers (I've put some bits I find useful at Software and Jodrell computing) and have several websites. I also do a fair bit of photography, and have recently started doing timelapse photography.
I'm also interested in learning some of the history behind astronomy. Since I started my PhD, I've started looking into the history of Jodrell Bank, and have created a timeline of the various telescopes. I've also tried to record a few stories that I've heard about Jodrell that I can't find written down. Finally, I've made a list of news articles featuring Jodrell Bank.
I'm currently a director of Wikimedia UK, a chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is a charity that was recently set up to help support and promote free projects like Wikipedia. If you're active on Wikipedia, then you should join!