Hello, welcome to my user page! My name (in case you haven't guessed it from my username) is Mike Peel. I'm a postdoctoral researcher at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, which is part of the University of Manchester. I work on the Planck satellite and the C-Band All Sky Survey. My personal website is at MikePeel.net.
I've been editing the English Wikipedia for over 10 years now (see my first edit on 17 March 2005). I've been an English Wikipedia administrator since 2007; I am open to recall. I co-founded Wikimedia UK in 2008, and I served on its Board of Trustees until 2013. I organised the first Wikipedia Editathon at the British Library in 2011, and I helped with the creation of the first Wikipedian in Residence. I supervised two summer students working on Wikipedia's science articles in 2014. You can find all of my on-wiki contributions at Special:CentralAuth/Mike_Peel.
I am a member of the Wikimedia Foundation's Funds Dissemination Committee. I was one of its initial members from 25 September 2012 until 2014, and I was elected on 15 May 2015 to serve a second term. My COI statement and pledge are at FDC Pledge and COI 2015 (previous versions are also online: 2013 pledge and COI, outdated 2013 version, 2012 version). I have a legitimate alternative account that I may use when acting in this role. I maintain a public record of my Wikimedia compensation. When I was both a trustee of WMUK and a member of the FDC I managed my conflict of interest according to my declaration of interest.
I've uploaded over 10,000 photos to Wikimedia Commons under a Creative Commons license as I enjoy seeing them used both on Wikipedia and elsewhere (both online and offline). If you're using one of my photos, then I only ask for two things: that you follow the Creative Commons license that I've released the image under (which primarily asks that you to attribute me, and that you share any derivative works under the same license); and for you to drop me a message to let me know. My photographs can be found in commons:Category:Photos by Mike Peel.
If you want to start a new article, I've posted some suggestions at User:Mike Peel/Missing articles.
Below are some of the Wikipedia articles that I've significantly contributed to. I don't own them, but I follow their development closely as I'm interested in learning more about their subjects, and I want to make sure that they continue to be accurate and well-referenced.
Started: Trentham Monkey Forest (8 March 2014) — Huxley Hoard (1 March 2014) — Aqua Luna (21 August 2013) — Astrid (brig) (25 July 2013) — 40-foot telescope (22 November 2008) — AMiBA (21 October 2008) — Upper Brook Street Chapel, Manchester (16 March 2008)
Did you know?
- ... that the Grosvenor Picture Palace (pictured), built in 1913–15 in Manchester, was once the largest cinema in the United Kingdom outside of London, and is now a student pub called The Footage? (26 April 2015, nomination)
- ... that visitors can walk through Trentham Monkey Forest in Staffordshire without any barriers between them and the 140 Barbary macaque that live there? (11 March 2014, nomination)
- ... that the Huxley Hoard, discovered near Huxley, Cheshire in 2004 and now on display at the Museum of Liverpool, consists of 21 flattened silver bracelets and one silver ingot? (10 March 2014, nomination)
- ... that the Chinese junk ship Aqua Luna was launched in 2006 after 18 months of construction in traditional style, but is powered by a motor rather than its three sails? (6 September 2013, nomination)
- ... that the tall ship Astrid served as a lugger, an alleged drug smuggling boat, and luxury sailing ship during its 95-year history? (9 August 2013, nomination)
- ... that the ruined Cill Chriosd, also known as Kilchrist or Christ's Church, was the parish church of Strathaird, Skye, until 1840? (20 June 2010)
- ... that William Herschel's 40-foot telescope was the largest telescope in the world for 50 years? (27 November 2008)
- ... that AMiBA is a radio telescope located on Mauna Loa in Hawaii that is being used to observe the Cosmic Microwave Background and the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect in clusters of galaxies? (27 October 2008)
- ... that Cine City in Manchester, England, the third cinema to open in England in 1912 as "The Scala", has recently been demolished? (4 July 2008)
- ... that QUIET, an astronomy experiment due to start observing in 2008 at the Llano de Chajnantor Observatory, will make measurements of the polarization of the cosmic microwave background radiation? (28 May 2008)
- ... that Platt Fields Park in Manchester, England, was used as a country park for over 400 years before being converted for public use in 1908–1910? (25 April 2008)
- ... that broken remains of three medieval high crosses were found in 1874 during the construction of Barnes Hospital in Cheadle, Greater Manchester, but the location of only one is known today? (21 April 2008)
- ... that Hulme Arch Bridge in Manchester follows the design of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, and rejoins two halves of a road that was sundered in 1969? (5 April 2008)
- ... that the Upper Brook Street Chapel in Manchester, designed by Sir Charles Barry shortly before he designed the Palace of Westminster, is said to be the first neogothic Nonconformist chapel? (21 March 2008)
- ... that the first Dutch satellite, the Astronomical Netherlands Satellite, had the Main Belt asteroid 9996 ANS named after it? (8 March 2008)
- ... that Gamma, a gamma-ray telescope, was launched on 11 July 1990, 25 years after it was originally conceived? (7 March 2007)
- ... that the Mark II radio telescope built in 1964 at Jodrell Bank Observatory, UK was the first telescope to be controlled by a digital computer? (22 November 2006)
Working on (mostly books on William Herschel):
- s:en:Index:Memoir and correspondence of Caroline Herschel (1876).djvu
- s:en:Index:Sir William Herschel, his life and works (1881).djvu
- s:en:Index:Roman Manchester (1900) by Charles Roeder.djvu
- s:en:Index:History of Manchester (1771), Volume 1, by John Whitaker.djvu
Texts to validate:
- s:en:Index:The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy - 1729 - Volume 1.djvu
- s:en:Index:The History of the Church & Manor of Wigan part 1.djvu
- s:en:Index:Yeats Responsibilities 1916.djvu — s:en:Responsibilities
- s:en:Index:Hector Macpherson - Herschel (1919).djvu — s:en:Herschel
- s:en:Is Mars habitable?
- s:en:Index:Mars - Lowell.djvu
- s:en:Popular Science Monthly/Volume 8/April 1876/Caroline Lucretia Herschel I
- s:en:The Horseshoe Nebula in Sagittarius
- s:en:The Great Nebula in Orion
- s:en:Telescopic Research on the Nebula of Orion
Potential improvements to regex:
- "word ;" to "word;", "word :" to "word:", "word ." to "word."
- ") ;" to ");"
Future possibilities: History of Manchester:
- Volume 1: http://www.archive.org/details/historymanchest00whitgoog
- - Second edition: http://www.archive.org/details/historymanchest01whitgoog
- Volume 2: http://www.archive.org/details/historymanchest00unkngoog
- Simple upload on Commons
- The template I use to upload photos to Commons
- Rockpocket's Wikipedia training guide
- Module:Wikidata - useful way of including wikidata info in infoboxes
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