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Richard de Grijs obtained his PhD from the University of Groningen (Netherlands) in 1997, and held two postdoctoral positions (at the University of Virginia, USA, and the Institute of AstronomyUniversity of Cambridge, UK), before being appointed to a permanent post at the University of Sheffield (UK) in 2003. He joined the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Peking University in September 2009 as a full professor, where he actively contributed to the Institute's development until February 2018. Since March 2018, he has been Associate Dean (Global Engagement) at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Richard was one of the scientific editors of The Astrophysical Journal from 2006 to 2012 and took on the role of deputy Editor of The Astrophysical Journal Letters in September 2012 (until June 2018). He is the founding director of the East Asian Regional Office of Astronomy for Development (2012-2016), as well as the international coordinator for China of the Institute of Physics (UK; 2009-2018). He was awarded the 2012 Selby Award for excellence in science by the Australian Academy of Science, a 2013 Visiting Academy Professorship at Leiden Universityby the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a 2017 Erskine award by the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand).

Education/Academic qualification

Learning and Teaching, Postgraduate Certificate, University of Sheffield

Sep 2005May 2006

Astrophysics, PhD, University of Groningen

1 Jan 199331 Oct 1997

Physics and Astronomy, Doctorandus (MPhys), University of Groningen

1 Sep 198817 Dec 1992

External positions

Guest professor, Academic oversight committee member, China West Normal University

Sep 2016 → …

Discipline Scientist, International Space Science Institute-Beijing

Apr 2015 → …

Deputy Editor, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, American Astronomical Society

1 Jan 201330 Jun 2018

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Research Output 1994 2019

An intuitive 3D map of the Galactic warp’s precession traced by classical Cepheids

Chen, X., Wang, S., Deng, L., de Grijs, R., Liu, C. & Tian, H., Apr 2019, In : Nature Astronomy. 3, 4, p. 320-325 6 p.

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spiral galaxies

Blue straggler stars beyond the milky way. IV. Radial distributions and dynamical implications

Li, C., Sun, W., Hong, J., Deng, L., Grijs, R. D. & Sills, A., 1 Feb 2019, In : Astrophysical Journal. 871, 2, 14 p., 171.

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Magellanic clouds

The VMC Survey: XXXIII. The tip of the red giant branch in the Magellanic Clouds ?

Groenewegen, M. A. T., Cioni, M-R. L., Girardi, L., De Grijs, R., Ivanov, V. D., Marconi, M., Muraveva, T., Ripepi, V. & van Loon, J. T., Feb 2019, In : Astronomy and Astrophysics. 622, 26 p., A63.

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An Extremely low mid-infrared extinction law toward the Galactic Center and 4% distance precision to 55 classical Cepheids

Chen, X., Wang, S., Deng, L. & De Grijs, R., 1 Jun 2018, In : Astrophysical Journal. 859, 2, p. 1-16 16 p., 137.

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systematic errors

An internally consistent distance framework in the Local Group

de Grijs, R. & Bono, G., 2018, Stellar Populations and the distance scale : a conference in honor of Jeremy Mould: proceedings of a conference held at Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Peking University, Beijing, China, 11-15 September 2017. Jensen, J. B., Rich, R. M. & de Grijs, R. (eds.). San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, p. 105-109 5 p. (Astronomical society of the pacific conference series; vol. 514).

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China Makes Historic Touchdown on Moon’s Far Side

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"Language Culture Series Lecture" highlight at Nanchong High School

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Australia's Space Agency set to land in Adelaide

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