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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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Veloce+RAPTOR: A Robotic Telescope Leveraging Global Science from Veloce

Schwab, C., Zucker, D., Coutts, D. W., de Grijs, R., Kotachery, D., Tinney, C. G., Wittenmyer, R. A., Mackey, D., Carter, B. D., Quirrenbach, A. & Sickafoose, A.


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Research Outputs

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  • Modern maps and the development of oceanic navigation in East Asia

    de Grijs, R., Mar 2020, All Hands, 110, p. 33-36 4 p.

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    Physical parameters of late-type contact binaries in the Northern Catalina Sky Survey

    Sun, W., Chen, X., Deng, L. & de Grijs, R., 23 Mar 2020, In : The Astrophysical journal supplement series. 247, 2, 12 p., 50.

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    Open Access
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    Stellar rotation bifurcation caused by tidal locking in the open cluster NGC 2287?

    Sun, W., Li, C., Deng, L. & De Grijs, R., 11 Mar 2020, Star clusters: from the Milky Way to the early universe: Proceedings of the 351st symposium of the International Astronomical Union held in Bologna, Italy, 27-31 May 2019. Bragaglia, A., Davies, M., Sills, A. & Vesperini, E. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 228-232 5 p. (Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union; vol. 14, no. S351).

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  • Press / Media

    ‘Reach for the stars but stay grounded for knowledge’

    Richard de Grijs


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    China Makes Historic Touchdown on Moon’s Far Side

    Richard de Grijs


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    "Language Culture Series Lecture" highlight at Nanchong High School

    Richard de Grijs


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities