Meet the Team: David Shonfield

Today we have the next post in our Meet the Comet Hunters Team series. This time we’re featuring David Shonfield (@Avanti), one of our Talk moderators.


Image credit: David Shonfield


David Shonfield

Where are you originally from/where did you grow up?


What drew you to Comet Hunters?

Probably the Rosetta mission. Seeing a comet from close up was a revelation. Followed by the New Horizons mission, which has provided so many surprises and shown how supposedly dead worlds can be alive.

What is your role as a Comet Hunters Talk moderator?

I’m yet to find out! But I’m hoping to help build a group that works well collectively and makes an intelligent contribution to identifying these elusive objects.

Name one hobby of yours?


What is the most recent tv show you have watched?

Wolf Hall (I don’t watch much TV!)

What is your favorite movie?

Equal favourites: Trading Places and Solaris (the Tarkovsky one rather than the remake).

What is the latest book you have read?

Fighters in the Shadows, A new history of the French Resistance, by Robert Gildea

Who is your favorite singer/band/musical artist?

Miles Davis

What are five of the top ten most played songs on your iTunes/spotify/etc playlist?

Caruso/Lucio Dalla

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing/ Ella Fitzgerald

Haja o que houver/ Madredeus

Senza giacca e cravatta/Nino D’Angelo

Because the night/Patti Smith

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I have a weakness for cartoons, in particular Pinky and the Brain: Pinky is my alter ego.

Favorite cocktail or beverage?

Negroni Sbagliato

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