University of Chicago 1996, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2001
University of Nottingham, Caltech
University of Nottingham
Favourite thing to do in my job: Go observing to mountain tops, attend scientific conferences around the world
I study the birth and formation of galaxies through the universe
I am a professor of astrophysics at the University of Nottingham. This means that I have many duties, but the one I like the most is research. I use the Hubble Space Telescope to study the early universe and the galaxies that existed back then. I also teach quite often and travel quite a bit. My work has taken me around the world, including many mountain tops for observational work with some of the worlds biggest telescopes.
My Typical Day
I teach, advise students, read and write papers, have meetings about various things
My typical day is is to teach for a few hours, go to a few meetings either about science or about administration. I then try to find time to do some research such as reading papers, writing papers, doing research on my computer on data I’ve taken at various telescopes.
What I'd do with the prize money
something useful for science
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
hard working, fun, friendly
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Study the structures of galaxies and how they change with time
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Einstein, Carl Sagan
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Of course not!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Travel the world
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
would have to think about that! Not much I want for myself.
Tell us a joke.
What’s the astronomer’s favourite part of a computer’s keyboard? The space bar.