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Prof Rob Ivison

Personal Chair in Astrophysics

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Phone: +44 (0)131 668 8361

Fax: +44 (0)131668 8464

Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

Research Interests

I study the formation and evolution of galaxies, specialising in observations at far-infrared, submillimetre and radio wavelengths. I currently lead science projects with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) near Socorro in New Mexico, the Institut de Radioastronomie Millimetrique's Plateau de Bure Interferometer (PdBI) near Grenoble in France and the Giant Metre-wave Radio Telescope (GMRT), near Pune in India. I also co-lead a European Space Agency proposal to construct and launch FIRI, a far-infrared telescope mission, designed to yield considerably better spatial resolution than has hitherto been possible.


Observational Astronomy with undergrads and MPhys students, exploiting a new Meade 0.5m.


I hold an ERC Advanced Grant (2013-) at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh. When not doing research or teaching, I am the UK member of the European Southern Observatory's (ESO's) Science and Technology Committee (STC) and chair both the ALMA sub-committee (ESAC) and the International ALMA Science Advisory Committee (ASAC). I also serve on the ALMA allocation committee and led the definition of the JCMT and eMERLIN Legacy programmes.

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