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Biography

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 University 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. Richard moved to Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, as a full professor in March 2018. Until March 2021, he was Associate Dean (Global Engagement) at the University's Faculty of Science and Engineering; the role has since been discontinued for budgetary reasons. Richard commenced a role as Executive Director of the International Space Science Institute–Beijing in June 2023, a 25% FTE appointment for a term of three years. He 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). Richard 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). Richard's research focuses on (i) star clusters/stellar populations; (ii) stellar variability/the astronomical distance scale; and (iii) the history of maritime navigation (the 'longitude problem'). He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage and Specialty Chief Editor (Fundamental Astronomy) of Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences.

Education/Academic qualification

Learning and Teaching, Postgraduate Certificate, University of Sheffield

Sept 2005May 2006

Award Date: 1 May 2006

Astrophysics, PhD, University of Groningen

1 Jan 199331 Oct 1997

Award Date: 31 Oct 1997

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

1 Sept 198817 Dec 1992

Award Date: 17 Dec 1992

External positions

Executive Director, International Space Science Institute-Beijing

Jun 2023 → …

Policy Committee, Science and Technology Australia

Jun 2023 → …

Specialty Chief Editor (Fundamental Astronomy), Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences

Sept 2022Dec 2023

Associate, International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP)

Sept 2022 → …

President, Division C, International Astronomical Union

Sept 2021 → …

Associate Editor, Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage

Jan 2021 → …

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

Sept 2016Feb 2018

Discipline Scientist, International Space Science Institute-Beijing

Apr 2015Apr 2021

Deputy Editor, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, American Astronomical Society

1 Jan 201330 Jun 2018

Guest professor, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory Chinese Academy of Sciences

Dec 2010Feb 2018

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