Alan Pickup is actively involved in the Society, serving on the Council and presenting a monthly sky preview at Society meetings. He writes regularly for newspapers like the Scotsman, The Guardian and the Sunday Times since the mid 1970s.
In his professional career, Alan worked for the Royal Observatory Edinburgh (ROE) and the UK Infrared Telescope in Hawaii on telescope instrumentation. Along this work, he has become an authority on satellite orbit decay. He continues to work part-time for the ROE Visitor Centre.
Alan’s current service on the Council of the ASE is his third. He was on the Council 1975 to 1981, during which he served two years as Vice-President and two years as President. He returned to the Council 1992 to 1996, including three years as Vice-President. In 2002, Alan was made a trustee of the ASE Trust, in 2008 he became their secretary and treasurer.
Horst Meyerdierks, Secretary, 2013