Smith Kester - Gaia
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Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie,
Kester Smith is a member of CU8, working on classification and parameterization of Gaia sources at the MPIA in Heidelberg. He obtained his doctorate at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge and has previously worked mostly on star formation and young stellar objects, principally T Tauri stars.
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