Dr. Anton M. Koekemoer

Research Astrophysicist, Hubble Space Telescope, in the United States

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I am a research astrophysicist with the Hubble Space Telescope at the Space Telescope Science Institute (located in Baltimore, MD, USA), and I have held a research position here since late 1996. My main research interests include the formation of galaxies and black holes in the early universe, and their growth over cosmic time. I am also a committed Christian, and I consider that science and faith are fully reconciled when examining the interplay between them.

Previous research experience and education:

• Postdoctoral research fellowship positions in astrophysics at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, and Leiden University.

• Ph.D. in astrophysics in 1995, from the Australian National University / Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (formerly Mount Stromlo Observatory), on the physics of black holes in active galaxies.

• B.Sc. (Honours) in physics in 1989, from the University of Adelaide, South Australia.

My work at the Space Telescope Science Institute involves maintaining the scientific productivity of the Hubble Space Telescope, and for some years I was the team lead in charge of one of the imaging cameras onboard Hubble (the 'NICMOS' Near-Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer). More recently, I have also been working on the James Webb Space Telescope (the successor to Hubble, planned for launch in a few years), as well as the Hubble Legacy Data Archives, and I carry out astrophysics research programs on my areas of interest which include the properties of galaxies and black holes in the early universe and their growth over cosmic time, as seen by large observing programs that we carry out with Hubble and other observatories.

To see all the news about my latest astrophysics research projects and papers, please visit my homepage at the Space Telescope Science Institute:


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