Ignas Snellen is Professor in astronomy at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. After concluding his PhD research in Leiden in 1997, he worked for three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge (UK), after which he became an astronomy lecturer at the University of Edinburgh (UK). He returned to Leiden University in 2004.
A small selection of his scientific articles are given below:
>Brogi M., Snellen I., de Kok R. et al.: Nature 486, 502 (2012)
The signature of orbital motion from the dayside of the planet τ Boötis b
> Snellen, I., de Kok, R., de Mooij, E., Albrecht, S.: Nature 465, 1049 (2010):
The orbital motion, absolute mass and high-altitude winds of HD 209458b
> Snellen, I., de Mooij, E.; Burrows, A.: A&A 513, 76 (2010):
Bright optical day-side emission from exoplanet CoRoT-2b
> Albrecht, S.; Reffert, S.; Snellen, I.; Winn, J.: Nature 461, 373 (2009) Misaligned spin and orbital axes cause the anomalous precession of DI Her
> Snellen, I.; de Mooij, E.; Albrecht, S.: Nature 459, 543 (2009):
The changing phases of extrasolar planet CoRoT-1b
> de Mooij, E.; Snellen, I.: A&A 493, 35 (2009):
Ground-based K-band detection of thermal emission from exoplanet TrES-3b
> Snellen, I.; Albrecht, S.; de Mooij, E.; Le Poole, R.: A&A 487, 357 (2008):
Ground-based detection of sodium in the transmission spectrum of HD209458b
Anyway, he would have rather been a professional football player.