Simon D. M. White#


Simon D. M. White
Email:swhite 'at' mpa-garching.mpg.de
Membership Number:2634
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:GERMANY
Section:EARTH & COSMIC SCIENCES
Username:swhite
Elected:2009
Homepage: http://wwwmpa.mpa-garching.mpg.de/~swhite




Present and Previous Positions
  • 1994 - present: Director, Max-Planck-Institut for Astrophysik, Garching
  • 1994 - present: Scientific Member, Max Planck Society
  • 1992 - 1994 Director, European Association for Research in Astronomy
  • 1992 - present: Research Professor, Steward Observatory, University of Arizona
  • 1991 - 1994 Sheepshanks Reader in Astronomy, University of Cambridge
  • 1990 Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Jerusalem
  • 1987 - 1991 Professor/Astronomer, Steward Obs., University of Arizona
  • 1984 - 1987 Associate Professor/Astronomer, Steward Obs., University of Arizona
  • 1984 Member, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara
  • 1982 Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
  • 1981 - 1984 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Astronomy Department, UC Berkeley
  • 1980 - 1984 Senior Fellow, Space Sciences Laboratory, UC Berkeley
  • 1980 Jan-June Attache au CNRS, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris
  • 1979 - 1980 Research Fellow, Churchill College, University of Cambridge
  • 1978 Sept.-Dec Visiting Research Astronomer, NRAO, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • 1977 - 1978 Lindemann Fellow, Department of Astronomy, UC Berkeley
  • 1977 Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Cambridge. Thesis: The Clustering of Galaxies, supervisor D. Lynden-Bell
  • 1974 M.Sc. in Astronomy from the University of Toronto
  • 1972 B.A. in Mathematics, from Jesus College, Cambridge

Fields of Scholarship
  • Galactic structure
  • Extragalactic astrophysics and cosmology
  • Structure, formation and evolution of galaxies
  • Galaxy clusters and the large-scale distribution of galaxies
  • Nature and distribution of dark matter
  • Numerical simulations of the formation of galaxies and larger structures

Honours and Awards
  • 1984 - 1989 NSF Presidential Young Investigator
  • 1986 Helen B. Warner Prize of the American Astronomical Society (AAS)
  • 1996 Grubb Parsons Lecturer, University of Durham
  • 1997 Fellow of the Royal Society
  • 1998George Darwin Lecturer of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • 1999 Lansdowne Lecturer, University of Victoria, B.C.
  • Max-Planck-Forschungspreis 2000 fr internationale Kooperation
  • 2003 Sackler Lecturer, Physics Dept., Princeton University
  • 2005 Blaauw Lecturer, Groningen University
  • 2005 Dannie Heineman Prize of the American Institute of Physics/AAS
  • 2005 Gold Medal, Royal Astronomical Society
  • 2005 Fellow, Leopoldina, Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften
  • 2007 Honorary doctorate (D.Sc.) Durham University
  • 2007 Foreign Associate of the USA National Academy of Sciences
  • Dirk Brouwer Award 2008 of the Dynamical Division of the AAS
  • Oort Professorship 2008, Leiden University
  • European Latsis Prize 2008, European Science Foundation
  • 2009 Member, Academia Europeae
  • Max-Born-Preis 2010, Institute of Physics (IOP) and German Physical Society (DPG)
  • 2010 Honorary Citizenship of the City of Padua
  • 2011 Member, European Physical Society
  • 2011 Gruber Cosmology Prize
  • 2012 Marsilius-Vorlesung, Universität Heidelberg
  • 2015 Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Science


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