Biography


Richard de Grijs obtained his PhD from the University of Groningen (Netherlands) in 1997, and held two postdoctoral positions (at the University of Virginia, USA, and the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, UK), before being appointed to a permanent post at the University of Sheffield (UK) in 2003. He joined the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Peking University in September 2009 as a full professor. He has been one of the scientific editors of The Astrophysical Journal since 2006 and took on the role of deputy Editor of The Astrophysical Journal Letters in September 2012. He is the founding director of the East Asian Regional Office of Astronomy for Development (2012-2016), as well as the international coordinator for China of the Institute of Physics (UK). He was awarded the 2012 Selby Award for excellence in science by the Australian Academy of Science, a 2013 Visiting Academy Professorship at Leiden University by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a 2017 Erskine award by the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand).

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Current appointment

 
09/2009 - present Professor of Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Peking University (China)

Honorary appointments

12/2016 - present Visiting Professor and Advisory Board Member
Department of Astronomy, China West Normal University, Nanchong (Sichuan), China
12/2016 - present Columnist
china.org.cn (State Council Information Office)
05/2015 - present Visiting Professor
Qiannan Normal College for Nationalities, Duyun City (Guizhou), China
04/2015 - present Discipline Scientist (Astrophysics)
International Space Science Institute--Beijing
09/2012 - present Deputy Editor
The Astrophysical Journal Letters
07/2011 - present International Scientific Publishing Advisor
International Journal of MCH and AIDS
12/2010 - present Guest professor
Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (China)
09/2002 - present (for life) Prize fellow
Hughes Hall (College), University of Cambridge (UK)

Previous appointments

04/2012 - 12/2013 Associate Director
Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Peking University (China)
01/2008 - 02/2010
10/2005 - 12/2007
06/2003 - 09/2005
 
 
Reader in Astrophysics
Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics
Lecturer in Astrophysics
Department of Physics & Astronomy
The University of Sheffield (UK)
11/2000 - 05/2003 Research fellow
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge (UK)
11/1997 - 10/2000 Research associate
Department of Astronomy, University of Virginia (USA)

Previous honorary appointments

02/2013 - 01/2014 Visiting Academy Professor
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
(held at Leiden University)
08/2012 - 08/2016 Director
East Asian node of the Office of Astronomy for Development (International Astronomical Union)
2012 Selby Fellow
Australian Academy of Science
11/2006 - 08/2012 Scientific Editor
The Astrophysical Journal
04/2011 - 03/2012 Visiting professor (distinguished international scholar)
Kyung Hee University (Republic of Korea)
03/2010 - 02/2012 Honorary Reader
Department of Physics & Astronomy
The University of Sheffield (UK)
09/2005 - 08/2009 Adjunct professor
National Astronomical Observatories (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Beijing (China)

Education

1993 - 1997 PhD in Astrophysics
University of Groningen (Netherlands)
1988 - 1992 M.Phil. in Physics & Astronomy
University of Groningen (Netherlands)
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