Benjamin Winkel studied physics at the University of Bonn and completed a PhD
in astronomy at the Argelander Institute for Astronomy in Bonn in 2009. In 2011,
he took up a position as a scientist at the radio observatory in Effelsberg,
where he is an expert in spectroscopic measurements. His main scientific project
is the Effelsberg-Bonn HI Survey, a complete mapping of the 21-cm spectral line
of neutral hydrogen in the Northern Hemisphere. For this he has played a leading
role in the development of data processing software and has gained some
expertise in dealing with radio frequency interference.
Since 2015, Benjamin Winkel has also been responsible for spectrum management
issues. This involves protecting the highly sensitive measurements made with the
radio telescope from human-made radio transmissions. This also requires a great
deal of coordination with representatives of industry and administrations, both
nationally and internationally. Benjamin Winkel has also written a software
package especially for this, pycraf: https://github.com/bwinkel/pycraf.
He is also a delegate in the European expert committee CRAF
(Committee on Radio Astronomy Frequencies, https://craf.eu) of the
(European Science Foundation), since 2021 as chair.