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Who the Heck is Fred?


Image: Fred

Who the heck is Fred?

Well, in the first place the creator and author of this website and the builder of the RepRap 3D printer as described in this website.
Fred is not a fan of Facebook or social media in general and therefore this page will not give you an exhaustive description of the person and his personal circumstances, neither will it be loaded with private photographs.

When you have carefully read the webpages of this site you will know now that Fred has a professional job (but also lots of spare time), he changes half-yearly between two residences, located respectively in the Netherlands and in France, he is not very good in electronics but he has some technical skills.

Originally trained as an analytical chemist, Fred specialised in radiochemistry research and changed after over ten years in a university institution to a management job in the radiopharmaceutical industry, which he kept for over twenty years. After his retirement he is still active in his private company as a consultant providing advisory services to industry, ranging from radiopharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, over nuclear medicine departments in academic hospitals to radionuclide producing nuclear reactors.

Needless to say that Fred is in favour of more implementation of nuclear energy in society. His opinion is based on rational and scientific grounds, contrary to most opponents of nuclear energy who base their rejecting ideas mostly on emotions or on faulty information. However, here we shall have no further discussion on this subject because this website is not dedicated to nuclear energy. On the world wide web you can find another website written and maintained by Fred dealing exclusively with factual particulars about nuclear energy.

Fred is more or less fluent in four languages and he can deal with some more; he is co-author of a few scientific publications and co-inventor of a couple of inventions, covered by international patents.

Apart from his RepRap project Fred has photography as a hobby and he prefers analogue photography over digital. It is not a total rejection of digital techniques that causes his preference, but he has the opinion that nothing can be appreciated more than a classical black and white print on barita paper.
Fred is using the following camera's:

Contax RTS III
Olympus E-1
Rolleiflex 3.5F
Kodak DCS Pro 14n
Rolleiflex 6006
Sigma DP1
Contax 645
Phase One digital back for Contax 645
Plaubel Makina 67
Pentax Optio
Horseman 970

Deardorff V8

Fred's dark room is equipped with a Durst Modular 70 enlarger, an Omega D2 with Ilford Multigrade head and a Leitz Focomat V35. For digital work he uses an Epson 2100 printer and an Epson F-3200 scanner.

Computers are well-known to Fred (his experience dates back to the early 1970's starting with a PDP-8) but they are absolutely not his hobby! His knowledge is based on the principle: "know your enemy!" He firmly believes in the statement: "When cars were made like computers we would not know about traffic jams".
His preference is clearly for Apple computers, with which he is familiar starting from the Apple II. Currently he uses a white iBook G3 (A1005, only for connecting to his Phase One digital back), a PowerMac G5, a MacMini and a MacBook Air. He also makes use of an iPhone 4 and an iPod classic. "Once you buy your first Apple product you're hooked on!"
For job related (professional) use he is more or less obliged to use Windows operated computers and he has several machines on operating systems like Windows 2000, XP, Vista and 7. Again, some machines have to operate on outdated operating systems because this is required by some programs and/or attached equipment.

In the image on this page you see a portrait of Fred taken on the Russian Sheremetyevo International Airport, returning from a business visit to a nuclear reactor site in the Ural. And yes, the trapper's hat is real fur (silver fox), simply because it needs to be. In temperatures below minus 35 °C synthetic fur becomes hard and brittle and the hairs will break and therefore loose its protective properties against cold. For those who might worry: the material used for the hat is guaranteed to be real BioFurŪ

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Last Updated on: Mon Nov 10 21:17:01 2014