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Nationality: British and Dominican
Dr. Alleyne was born in Dominica in the West Indies and has lived in several of the English speaking islands.
He was educated at the University of the West Indies, then a College of the University of London. Inspired by Professor Ray Wright he went on to obtain an MSc in Ionospheric Physics. In 1967 he joined Professor Tom Kaiser's group on a scholarship from the Ministry of Overseas Development, to do research for his PhD.
This was at an exciting time when satellites were just beginning to be used for magnetospheric research. Although his main area of research was the investigation of periodic winds in the mesosphere and lower ionosphere using meteor radar, he developed an interest in space instrumentation in discussions with colleagues about Langmuir probes, mass spectrometers and VLF receivers for satellites and rockets.
In 1970 he returned to the University of the West Indies where, while developing courses in electronics, control and instrumentation, he installed a meteor radar and worked on the propagation of atmospheric tides using meteor radar, ionospheric drift and laser radar techniques.
During this period he maintained his contacts with Tom Kaiser and Les Woolliscroft at The University Of Sheffield, spending many summers working with the Space Physics group.
He also spent sabbaticals at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, the University of Waterloo in Canada, the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and 1974-76 was a member of a working group on the Antarctic and Southern Hemisphere Aeronomy Year.
In 1988 he joined The University Of Sheffield to work on data from the AMPTE satellite and on Cluster, and is now head of the Space Instrumentation and Physics group in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering.
Apart from the Cluster mission, he is also a Co-Investigator on the NASA Cassini mission to Saturn, ESA's Rosetta mission to Comet Wirtanen and SMART-1. He is also involved in the Russian Interball mission and the Ukrainian Variant mission and was Co-I on the Russian Mars96 mission.
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Last Update: 07 Feb 2013