Ofer Lahav

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Ofer Lahav
Born (1959-04-05) 5 April 1959 (age 58)
Tiberias, Israel
Residence UK
Citizenship Dual Israeli-British
Website www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~ucapola
Scientific career
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

Ofer Lahav is Perren Chair of Astronomy at University College London (UCL). His research area is observational Cosmology. He served as the Head of Astrophysics (UCL) 2004-2011, as Vice-Dean (Research) of UCL's Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences 2011-2015, and as Vice-President of the Royal Astronomical Society 2010-2012. Lahav co-chairs 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, Cambridge.


Lahav's research is focused on cosmological probes of Dark Matter and Dark Energy, in particular large galaxy surveys. To date (2016) Lahav has co-authored over 200[citation needed] research articles in peer reviewed scientific journals and he is a Thomson ISI highly cited author.

Awards and honours[edit]

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. Other awards include: