African VLBI Network Training Site


Invited Talk: Monday 13 May 2019 - Mr Tony Voorvelt


11:30 - 13:00 Monday 13 May 2019

Title: The Merry-Go-Round in the Potato Field

Author: Mr Anthony (Tony) Voorvelt
              Chief Electronics Technician
              University of the Witwatersrand (retired)

The Merry-Go-Round in the Potato Field .....

More about the author:


I am a self taught scientific technician with interest in the fields of Astronomy, Electronics, Radio Communications (apprenticeship with Johannesburg Television and Radio) and Radar (active radio-ham ZS6CCD), a keen interest in the history of Science and Chemistry and an avid collector of antique scientific instruments. No interest in sports what-so-ever. Enjoy spreading the gospel according to Einstein, Newton Faraday, Marconi and Edison. Worked at the Johannesburg Planetarium in the 1960's and as chief electronics technician at the University of the Witwatersrand. Worked at the University of the Witwatersrand for 34 years, at the Central Electronic Services (Planetarium) for 7 years and in the School of Physics for 27 years. Retired from the University of the Witwatersrand, School of Physics in 2011. My wife Denise and I continue to present popular science and astronomy lectures to public organisations and schools on behalf of the School of Physics.