This is me with the family after the 2009 3M half marathon in Austin, TX.

(I’m wearing a medal because they gave one to everybody at the finish – not because I won anything!)


NEW: YouTube music videos:       “Pi Acres” Suite (complete)            Performance of "Fantasia for Viola and Orchestra"    O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden


I am currently an astrophysicist in the Astronomy Department at the University of Texas.  However, our family is preparing for the big adventure of moving down to South America where I have recently accepted a professorship in Chile.   Chile is where a large fraction of the world’s largest telescopes are, so it’s an exciting place for astronomy!  My wife, Barbara, lived in Chile a long time ago very near where we’re moving.   If you want to learn about my research you can go to my current astrophysics home page at  We’re a pretty scientific family.  Barbara is a micropaleontologist by training (likes to look at little dead critters from millions of years ago).  Our eldest son is a sophomore honors computer science major, our middle son is applying to universities to study geosciences, and our daughter wants to be a biological researcher (interested in critters that are still alive!).


I am also a composer of what is popularly called “classical” music.  If you are interested in my music go to (you can hear MP3s and download some PDF files of sample pages of sheet music).  We sing and play music together a lot as a family.





            Running – long distance (between 5 km and half marathons).   Our whole family runs.


            Dancing – I love American square and contra dancing (contras are my favorite) and English country dancing.  I’ve also done some Irish and Scottish country dancing.  Our family helped start the Lincoln Contra Dances.


            Telescope making – see here for some picture of telescope mirror making parties.


            Relationship between faith and science       Modern Astronomy, the Bible, and Creation [web page link]

                                                                                    Modern Astronomy, the Bible, and Creation [printable PDF file]

list of Bible verses about astronomy, the origin of the universe, etc. [PDF file]




E-mail me: gaskell [at]