James Dunlop (astronomer)

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Jim Dunlop

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Jim Dunlop at the Royal Society admissions day in London in 2016
James Scott Dunlop
Alma mater
Scientific career
ThesisThe high-redshift evolution of radio galaxies and quasars (1987)

James Scott Dunlop FRS FRSE FInstP[3][4] is a Scottish astronomer. He is professor of Extragalactic Astronomy and Head of the Institute for Astronomy, an institute within the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh.[1][5]

Education and early life[edit]

Dunlop was born and raised on the Clyde coast. He studied Physics at the University of Dundee, before moving to the University of Edinburgh where he was awarded a PhD in Astrophysics in 1988 for research on redshift in radio galaxies and quasars.[6]

Career and research[edit]

After seven years working in England (where he helped establish the Astrophysics group at Liverpool John Moores University[2]) he returned to Edinburgh[when?] and has worked at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh ever since[when?], apart from two periods in Vancouver. From 2004 to 2008 he was Head of the University of Edinburgh's Institute for Astronomy (IfA), and has recently[when?] taken this on for a second term.[3]

Dunlop is an observational cosmologist who uses the world's largest telescopes (including telescopes in space such as the Hubble Space Telescope[7]) to study the chronology of the universe back to the formation and birth of the first galaxies.[3] His research has been funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC),[8] a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award and the European Research Council.[3]

His doctoral students have included Rebecca Bowler,[9] Victoria Bruce,[10] Maciej Koprowski,[11] Henry Pearce,[12] Alexander Rogers[13] and Anita Schael.[14]

Awards and honours[edit]

Dunlop was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2016,[3] a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP),[when?] and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) in 2007.[4] He received the George Darwin Lectureship in 2014 and the Herschel Medal in 2016, both from the Royal Astronomical Society.[3]


  1. ^ a b James Dunlop publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b Dunlop, James Scott (1996). "High Redshift Radio Galaxies". Examining the Big Bang and Diffuse Background Radiations. pp. 79–87. doi:10.1007/978-94-009-0145-2_8. ISBN 9780792338154.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Anon (2016). "Professor James S. Dunlop FRS". London: Royal Society royalsociety.org. Archived from the original on 2016-04-29. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the royalsociety.org website where:

    "All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence." --"Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies". Archived from the original on 2015-09-25. Retrieved 2016-03-09.

  4. ^ a b "Royal Society of Edinburgh Fellows as of 2016-05-13" (PDF). Edinburgh: Royal Society of Edinburgh royalsoced.org.uk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-30.
  5. ^ James Dunlop publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  6. ^ Dunlop, James Scott (1987). The high-redshift evolution of radio galaxies and quasars (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. OCLC 22336169. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.381665.
  7. ^ Hughes, David H.; Serjeant, Stephen; Dunlop, James; Rowan-Robinson, Michael; Blain, Andrew; Mann, Robert G.; Ivison, Rob; Peacock, John; Efstathiou, Andreas; Gear, Walter; Oliver, Seb; Lawrence, Andy; Longair, Malcolm; Goldschmidt, Pippa; Jenness, Tim (1998). "High-redshift star formation in the Hubble Deep Field revealed by a submillimetre-wavelength survey". Nature. 394 (6690): 241–247. arXiv:astro-ph/9806297. Bibcode:1998Natur.394..241H. doi:10.1038/28328.
  8. ^ "UK Government grants awarded to James Dunlop". Swindon: Research Councils UK rcuk.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 2015-09-25.
  9. ^ Bowler, Rebecca Alison Andrews (2015). Evolution of bright star-forming galaxies in the first billion years (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. hdl:1842/10476. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.656206. open access publication – free to read
  10. ^ Bruce, Victoria Ashley (2014). Massive galaxies at 1 < z < 3 (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. hdl:1842/8847. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.615434.
  11. ^ Koprowski, Maciej Piotr (2015). (Sub)millimetre-selected galaxies and the cosmic star-formation history (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. hdl:1842/15788. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.684053. open access publication – free to read
  12. ^ Pearce, Henry James (2012). Massive galaxies at high redshift (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. hdl:1842/6228. . open access publication – free to read
  13. ^ Rogers, Alexander Bernard (2014). Stellar populations of the first galaxies (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.635874. open access publication – free to read
  14. ^ Schael, Anita M. (2009). The star-formation history of massive galaxies (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. hdl:1842/3126. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.562376. open access publication – free to read