Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics

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The NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (NRC-HIA) is the leading Canadian centre for astronomy and astrophysics.

History[edit]

Named for the Nobel laureate Gerhard Herzberg, it was formed in 1975 as part of the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario. The NRC-HIA headquarters were moved to Victoria, British Columbia, in 1995 to the site of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory.

Facilities[edit]

NRC-HIA also operates the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory outside of Penticton, BC and the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre as well as managing Canadian involvement in the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, Gemini Observatory, James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, the Square Kilometre Array, and the Atacama Large Millimeter Array, as well as Canada's national astronomy data centre.[1]

The current director, as of 2013,[2] is Gregory Fahlman.

Plaskett Fellowship[edit]

The Plaskett Fellowship is named after John Stanley Plaskett and is awarded to an outstanding, recent doctoral graduate in astrophysics or a closely related discipline. Fellows conduct independent research in a stimulating, collegial environment at the institute in Victoria, BC, Canada. Expertise in observational astrophysics is the norm, but some theoreticians were also among this distinguished group of astronomers. The past Plaskett Fellows were

Name Position held current position
Rucinski, Slavek 1975 – 77 Retired; formerly Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and Associate Director, David Dunlap Observatory, University of Toronto
Poeckert, Roland 1977 – 79 Unknown
Pritchet, Christopher 1978 – 81 Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy (former Chair), University of Victoria
Lawrie, David 1978 – 80 Director, Sensing and Exploitation Department, Aerospace Corporation
Quintana, Hernán 1979 – 81 Professor, Department of Astronomy (former Chair), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Massey, Philip 1980 – 83 Astronomer, Lowell Observatory
Mochnacki, Stefan 1980 – 82 Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto
Harris, Hugh 1980 – 82 Astronomer, U.S. Naval Observatory
Stryker, Linda 1981 – 83 Emeritus Professor, Arizona State University
Olszewski, Edward 1982 – 84 Astronomer, Steward Observatory
Yee, Howard 1982 – 84 Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto
Stetson, Peter 1983 – 84 Principal Research Officer, NRC-HIA
Campbell, Bruce 1983 – 87 Financial consultant
Smith, Graeme 1984 – 86 Professor, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Lick Observatory
Stauffer, John 1984 – 86 Research Scientist, Spitzer Science Centre
Welch, Douglas 1986 – 88 Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy (former Chair), McMaster University
Ratnatunga, Kavan 1986 – 88 Senior Research Scientist, Carnegie-Mellon University
Westpfahl, David 1986 – 88 Professor, Department of Physics, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Crabtree, Dennis 1986 – 89 Astronomer, NRC-HIA
Durand, Daniel 1986 – 89 Research Council Officer, NRC-HIA
Bolte, Michael 1987 – 90 Professor, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Lick Observatory
Friel, Eileen 1988 – 90 Executive Officer, Astronomical Sciences, National Science Foundation
Pierce, Michael 1988 – 91 Professor, University of Wyoming
Ellingson, Erica 1989 – 92 Associate Professor, Astronomy and Planetary Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder
Garnavich, Peter 1991 – 94 Professor, Astrophysics / Cosmology Physics, Notre Dame University
Riegler, Michael 1991 – 93 Program Manager, Word Business Unit, Microsoft Corporation
Abraham, Roberto 1991-94 Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Toronto
Smecker-Hane, Tammy 1992 – 95 Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy, University of California Irvine
Côté, Patrick 1994 – 97 Senior Research Officer, NRC-HIA
Marzke, Ronald 1994 – 97 Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, San Francisco State University
Courteau, Stéphane 1996 – 99 Professor, Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy, Queen's University
Côté, Stéphanie 1997 – 99 Group Leader, Canadian Gemini Office NRC-HIA
Lavezzi, Tracey Ellen 1997 – 99 Los Alamos National Laboratory
Barton, Elizabeth 1999 – 2001 Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy, University of California Irvine
van Zee, Liese 1999 – 2001 Assistant Professor, Astronomy, University of Indiana
Fulbright, Jon 1999 – 2002 Research Associate, Johns Hopkins University
Sawicki, Marcin 2001 – 04 Professor, Astronomy and Physics, Saint Mary's University
Fiege, Jason 2002 – 04 Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy, University of Manitoba
Willott, Christopher 2002 – 06 Astronomer, Canadian Astronomy Data Centre, NRC-HIA
Johnson, Jennifer 2002 – 05 Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy, Ohio State University
Peng, Eric 2004 – 07 Faculty Research Fellow, Department of Astronomy, Peking University
Geha, Marla 2006 – 07 Assistant Professor, Astronomy, Yale University
Matthews, Brenda 2004 – 08 Astronomer, Millimetre Astronomy Group, NRC-HIA
Onken, Chris 2005 – 08 Deputy Gemini Scientist, Australian Gemini Office
Puzia, Thomas H. 2006 – 10 Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Peng, Chien-Yi 2007 – 10 Scientific Programmer, Giant Magellan Telescope
Schnee, Scott 2009 – 2010 Assistant Scientist, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
McConnachie, Alan 2008 – 11 Instrumentation Scientist, NRC-HIA
Mann, Rita 2010 – present Current Fellow, NRC-HIA
Fraser, Wesley 2011 – present Current Fellow, NRC-HIA

See also[edit]

Related sites

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NRCC - NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics". Retrieved 9 December 2014. We operate Canada's national observatories and a national astronomy data centre 
  2. ^ http://www.iau.org/administration/membership/individual/3815/

External links[edit]

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