Brian Ventrudo is a Canadian writer, scientist, and the publisher of One-Minute Astronomer.
A stargazer since the age of five, Brian first made acquaintance with the heavens under the cold, clear skies of central Canada using a tiny 3-inch Tasco reflecting telescope. After a break from astronomy during high school, a time which held far too many distractions, he earned a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1986 and a master’s degree in astronomy in 1988.
After deciding a career as a professional astronomer seemed like a good way to ruin a great hobby, he picked up a “practical” degree– a Ph.D. in engineering physics– and worked as a research scientist in the field of lasers and fiber optics for 15 years. Dr. Ventrudo helped invent a few of the many bits and pieces that now make up the fiber-optic backbone of the internet. He holds a dozen U.S. patents and has published many research papers related to laser technology.
Brian now works as a freelance commercial writer, helping technology companies explain their products and services to their stakeholders (www.brianventrudo.com). In 2008, he created the website One-Minute Astronomer to help beginning and casual stargazers all over the world learn more about the night sky and better understand our place in the universe.
Brian lives with one wife, two daughters, and four telescopes under the occasionally-clear skies of Ottawa, Canada.
He can be contacted at bventrudo (AT) oneminuteastronomer.com