User:Mike Peel

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Hello! I'm 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. I co-founded Wikimedia UK in 2008, and I served on its Board of Trustees until 2013. I facilitated the creation of the first Wikipedian in Residence, and I organised the first Wikipedia Editathon. I was a member of the Wikimedia Foundation's Funds Dissemination Committee from 2012 to 2014. I supervised two summer students working on Wikipedia's science articles in 2014. My personal website is at

I'm an English Wikipedia administrator who is open to recall. I have multiple user pages: see Meta for my Wikimedia organisation involvement, and Wikimedia Commons for my photographic contributions.


There are some Wikipedia articles that I've contributed to significantly: these are listed below. 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.

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... that visitors can walk through Trentham Monkey Forest in Staffordshire without any barriers between them and the 140 Barbary macaque that live there? (nomination, appeared 11 March 2014)
... 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? (nomination, appeared 10 March 2014)
... 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? (nomination, appared 6 September 2013, thanks to Chase Me.)
... that the tall ship Astrid served as a lugger, an alleged drug smuggling boat, and luxury sailing ship during its 95-year history? (nomination)
... 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 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 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)
... that Gamma, a gamma-ray telescope, was launched on 11 July 1990, 25 years after it was originally conceived? (7 March 2007)
... that the first Dutch satellite, the Astronomical Netherlands Satellite, had the Main Belt asteroid 9996 ANS named after it? (8 March 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 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 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 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 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 the ruined Cill Chriosd, also known as Kilchrist or Christ's Church, was the parish church of Strathaird, Skye, until 1840? (20 June 2010)

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