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Alan Whitney

ORG MIT Haystack Observatory Title Associate Director BIO Alan Whitney has been active in VLBI radio-astronomy development and research since the late 1960's. In 1971, he discovered the first ''super-luminal'' quasar, which appeared to violate the ''nothing faster than the speed-of-light'' law. For many years he has been active in VLBI technique and signal-processing development, leading numerous projects in this area. In the 1990's he led the American team in an international effort to develop a powerful new VLBI processing system, which is now installed in several places in the world. Recently, he has spearheaded the development of magnetic-disk-based VLBI data systems, which are expected to rapidly replace the traditional magnetic-tape-based systems. Alan is the chairman of the global VLBI technology standards committee and also is the Technology Coordinator for the International VLBI Service. Most recently, he has become active in developing and promoting e-VLBI technology and is leading this work at MIT Haystack Observatory. Alan holds the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is associate director of the MIT Haystack Observatory.