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Arnljot Elgsaeter
Worked at NTH/NTNU
Attended Junior highschool, Smøla realskole
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Astro image of the Andromeda Galaxy and galaxes M32 and M110 obtained from self made observatory in my back yard in the midst of Trondheim.

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Professor emeritus
    Professor, 1974 - 2009
  • NTH
    Chairman Fysikkseksjonen, 1984 - 1985
  • NTH
    Chairman Almenavdelingen, 1985 - 1988
  • NTNU
    Chairman Department of Physics, 1999 - 2000
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Arnljot Elgsæter (Norwegian spelling)
Arnljot Elgsæter, amateur astronomy, amateur radio, LA1DI, biophysics, polymerphysics, genealogy
Born in Finnmark (The northernmost part of Norway located next to the Arctic Ocean) in the Spring of 1944. Only half a year later all of Finnmark was burned down by the German occupiers as part of a scorched earth strategy. All sivilians were forced to evacuate to the southern parts of Norway.  
As a result of this I ended up spending my childhood and early youth on the Smøla archipelago (Located on the North Atlantic coast of the midle part of Norway).
Looking back now, my early years appear as carefree and idyllic as could be imagined the two first decades after the end of the second world war.
The available material resources would not impress anyone nowadays, but there were nontheless lots of interesting and educational activites to select among for a boy full of life. 
At the age of 16 I had -- without any adult supervision -- built my first working radio transmitter. I became a  licensed radioamateur (LA1DI) while still 17 years old. 
Professor emeritus as of April 2009. Enjoying grandchildren growing up and giving the family home a full makeover. Hobbies: Amateur astronomy, radio amateur activities and genealogy.
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Married to Marit since 1971. We have two adult sons both with families of their own.
  • Junior highschool, Smøla realskole
    1958 - 1960
  • Senior highschool, Steinkjer landsgymnas
    Math. and science (preseterist), 1960 - 1963
  • Simonsen Radiofactory, Oslo (Sonar and maritime radio equipment).
    Trainee for NTH, 1963 - 1964
  • Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), Trondheim
    Engineering Physics (; summa cum laude), 1964 - 1969
  • Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, Kjeller
    Army Signal Corps conscript; Computers/electronics, 1969 - 1970
  • NTH, Trondheim
    Biophysics, 1970 - 1971
  • Univ. of California, Berkely, U.S.A.
    Biophysics (PhD), 1971 - 1974
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, U.S.A.
    Research leave, 5 months, 1980
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, U.S.A
    Research leave, 12 months, 1988 - 1989
  • Freiburg University, Freiburg, Germany
    Research leave, 12 months, 1994 - 1995
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