Ofer Lahav

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Ofer Lahav
Born (1959-04-05) 5 April 1959 (age 56)
Tiberias, Israel
Residence UK
Citizenship Dual Israeli-British
Fields Observational Cosmology
Institutions University College London
University of Cambridge
Ben-Gurion University
Tel Aviv University
Thesis Anisotropies in the Local Universe (1988)
Doctoral advisor George Efstathiou
Donald Lynden-Bell
Other academic advisors Jacob Bekenstein
Notable awards

European Research Council Advanced Grant (2012-2017)
Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2008-2013)
Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship (2011-2012)
PPARC Senior Research Fellowship (2003-2006)
RAS Group Award to the 2dFGRS team (2008)
Rosseland Lecture, Oslo (2005)

Elizabeth Spreadbury Lecture, UCL (2004)

Professor Ofer Lahav is Perren Chair of Astronomy and Vice-Dean (Research) at the MAPS Faculty at University College London. He served as the Head of Astrophysics (UCL) 2004-2011, and as Vice-President of the Royal Astronomical Society 2010-2012. Currently Lahav heads the Science Committee of the international Dark Energy Survey, and he holds a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant on "Testing the Dark Energy Paradigm" (TESTDE programme).


Lahav studied Physics at Tel-Aviv University (BSc, 1980), Physics at Ben-Gurion University (MSc, 1985) and earned his Ph.D. (1988) in Astronomy from the University of Cambridge, where he was later a Member of Staff at the Institute of Astronomy (1990-2003) and a Fellow of St. Catharine's College.


Lahav's research is focused on cosmological probes of Dark Matter and Dark Energy, in particular large galaxy surveys. To date Lahav has co-authored over 170 research articles in peer reviewed scientific journals and he is a Thomson ISI highly cited author.

Lahav is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP), and a Member of the International Astronomical Union.