Professor Davies elected to Academia Europaea

6 August 2020

Professor Roger Davies has been elected to the Academia Europaea in recognition of his groundbreaking studies of early-type galaxies.

Professor Davies’ work has transformed our understanding of the physical processes at work in assembling massive galaxies. Early-type galaxies account for half the starlight in the Universe, and they are the dominant population in clusters of galaxies where the most massive galaxies are found. Professor Davies’ work includes the measurement and modelling of the structure, age, composition, star-formation history and dark-matter content of galaxies. He has led major surveys and developed novel instruments and techniques, most recently a new class of mapping spectrograph that has been applied in many fields of astronomy. He holds the Philip Wetton Chair in Astrophysics at Oxford’s Department of Physics and is Director of the Hintze Centre for Astrophysical Surveys. He is currently President of the European Astronomical Society.

Promoting learning, education and research

The Academia Europaea is the pan-European academy of science, humanities and letters with a membership of more than 4,000 eminent scholars from across Europe. Its elected members collectively aim to promote learning, education and research.

‘It is a great honour to be elected member of the Academia Europaea,’ comments Professor Davies. ‘Its mission – excellence in scholarship and education of the public – has underpinned my academic career.’

Professor Ian Shipsey, Head of the Department of Physics concludes: ‘This recognition is richly deserved. Roger has been at Oxford since 2002 during which time he has served as Head of Department as well as Head of Astrophysics. It is a pleasure to work alongside him and we are incredibly proud of his many achievements.’

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