In 2014 I received the Honor of “Commendatore della Stella d’Italia” (Commander in the Order of the Star of Italy) from the Italian Ambassador in the Netherlands, Francesco Azzarello.
My research interests: study of the gas and its role in active galactic nuclei, study of the interaction between the gas and the radio plasma, exploring the life-cycle of radio sources using low frequency observations (LOFAR). study of the gas (and in particular neutral hydrogen @ 21 cm) in the evolution of early-type galaxies.
News and recent papers:
Archaeology of active galaxies across the electromagnetic spectrum invited review, Nature Astronomy Aug 2017
* The first extragalactic HI absorption with Apertif
* HI absorption Workshop ASTRON, 14-16 June 2017
* My Plenary Talk at the SPIE conference in Edinburgh
One night I was, as usual, observing the sky with my telescope. I noticed that a sign was hanging from a galaxy a hundred milion light-years away. On it was written: I SAW YOU.