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I was wearing the hat under duress.
High-brow relaxation -
note the quality chips...
The sophisticated Caltech post-doc look. Lee by herself. ...and at the Grand Canyon
                Two portraits of me by ... my lovely cousins Lee and me. Working on the beach with Rob The old office in Durham
Christening Hawaii surfer-dude look Boy-in-a-backpack Indoor luge Quality childcare
Quality childcare II Little boy Happy boy Got you both... Give me a drink
The boys in Valley of Fire ...in Germany ...on the Thames ...at Legoland (So. Cal) ...and at home
...the old (new) office At work... enjoying Gemini start of the night Night-time on Mauna Kea
Ogden Centre West ...the new new office budget St Morritz Warm rain Cold sea

I first came to Durham as a graduate student in 1989 after completing an M.A. in Cambridge. I spent three and a half years here on my thesis (Gravitational Lensing by Rich Clusters) with Richard Ellis as my advisor. In 1993, having submitted my thesis, I left Durham for sunny southern California to take up a NATO Advanced Fellowship in the Physics, Math and Astronomy Division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. I spent 18 months at Caltech before moving my fellowship two miles up the hill to the hipper surroundings of the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington on Santa Barbara Street. When my NATO Fellowship finished I stayed on at OCIW as a Carnegie Fellow for a year and then took up a PPARC Advanced Fellowship back in Durham at the beginning of 1996. In 1998 I traded in the PPARC AF for a Royal Society University Research Fellowship which was renewed until 2008 when I moved onto the academic staff of the Physics Department. I was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize Fellowship in 2001 in recognition of my research and a Chair in the Department of Physics at Durham in 2004.

I am currently a Professor of Physics in the Center for Extragalactic Astronomy (CEA) within the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics. I was the Founding Director of CEA. I was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship in 2011. In 2012 I was awarded an European Research Council Advanced Investigator grant to support my DustyGal research programme until 2018, along with a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award. Since 2014 I have been ranked as one of the most highly-cited Space Science researchers over the previous decade by Clarivate Analytics. These analyses have consistently placed Durham joint fifth globally in terms of the number of highly-cited researchers.


Research Career

2015-2017
   Director, Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy, Durham University.
2015-2017
   Managing Director, Durham Astronomy Research Cluster.
2013-2018
   Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award holder.
2013-2018
   ERC Advanced Investigator Grant Laureate, Durham University.
2011-2013
   Leverhulme Research Fellow, Durham University.
2009-2015
   Head of Astronomy, Department of Physics, Durham University.
2004-        
   Personal Chair, Department of Physics, Durham University.
2001-2003
   Philip Leverhulme Prize Fellow, University of Durham.
1998-2008
   Royal Society University Research Fellow, Durham University.
1996-1998
   PPARC Advanced Fellow, University of Durham.
1995
   Carnegie Fellow, The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington.
1993-1995
   NATO Advanced Fellow, California Institute of Technology.
1989-1993
   Ph.D. (Astronomy), University College, University of Durham.
1987-1989
   M.A. (Nat. Sci.), Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge.
 
2006-        
   International Astronomical Union Member.
1998
   Honorary Visiting Fellow in the School of Physics, University of New South Wales.
1996-1997
   Visiting Research Associate at the Carnegie Observatories.

External Committees and Posts

2015-2018
    Deputy Chair, ESO Scientific Technical Committee (STC).
2014-2017
    Associate Editor, Royal Society Open Science journal (RSOS).
2014-2019
    UK member of the ESO Scientific Technical Committee (STC).
2014-2019
    Member of the ALMA European Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC).
2014-2016
    Chair of the STFC Astronomy Grants Panel.
2011-2012
    Deputy Chair of the STFC Astronomy Grants Panel.
2012
    ESO OPC Panel Chair.
2011
    Member at Large on the ESO OPC.
2007-2010
    Member of the STFC Astronomy Grants Panel.
2009
    Advisor to the ESO OPC.
2008-2009
    Member of the VLA/VLBA Referee Panel.
2007-2009
    Member of the JCMT Time Allocation Committee.
2008
    Member of the JCMT International Time Allocation Panel.
2007
    Member of the STFC Far-IR and Submm Advisory Panel.
2006
    Member of the ASTRONET EU FP6 ERA-Net.
2005-2008
    Member of the Royal Society Conference and Short Visit Grants Panel.
2005
    Member of the JCMT International Review Committee.
2005
    Member of the Cycle 2 Spitzer Space Telescope Peer Review Panel.
2004-2008
    Member of the JWST-MIRI Oversight Committee.
2004-2007
    Member of the PPARC Astronomy Grants Committee (Observational Sub-panel).
2004-2005
    Member of the JCMT Survey Steering Group.
2003-2013
    Member of the UK ALMA Oversight Committee.
2003
    International Referee for the Subaru Time Allocation Panel.
2003
    Member of the Cycle 13 Hubble Space Telescope Peer Review Panel.
2001-2009
    External Project Scientist for SCUBA-2.
2001
    Member of the PPARC Oversight Committee.
1999-2001
    Member of the UK Infrared Telescope Board.
1999-2000
    Member of the Astronomy Panel of the PPARC Long-Term Science Review ("Vision" Panel).
1998-2001
    Member of the UK Infrared Telescope Time Allocation Committee.
1998
    Member of the GBFC Advisory Panel - "Astronomy in the Next Decade".


Other stuff...

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   [Pix 2]
   [Pix 1]
   [Pix 2]
   [Pix 3]
   [Pix 4]
   [Pix 5]
   [White water]
   [White water]
   Various mosaics, some in situ. Pix from the Maldives [11/00]. Misc pix.
 
   [Ridge from Subaru]
   [Mayall 4m]
  
   [North Kohola]
   [Scott making history]
   [Rob bitching about HDF850.1]
   [Rob contemplating infinity]
   [Wet boy]
   [Andrew "Observing"]
   [Check out that chin]
   [Old photo from CTIO]
  
   [Scott on the wall]
   [Scott narging, Cozumel]
   [Pyramid, Chichen Itza]
   [Pillar, Chichen Itza]
   [Scott+Pyramid]
   [Sink hole]
Pix from observing runs. More observing runs. Pix from Cozumel.

Various landscape pix can be found on this page.

Several posters I have worked on can be found here.

Pictures of the house can be found on this page.

...and here's a picture of my mother at the opening of a museum in Edinburgh. Pix of R&A+sprogs - [1, 2]