The Astronomy Department is pleased to announce the imminent arrival of Dr. Tom Jarrett who will take over the SARChI Chair in Astrophysics and Space Science vacated by Prof de Blok.
Dr Jarrett is joining us from IPAC (CalTech) where he played a major role in the preparation - and subsequent analysis - of the 'extra-galactic' Two Micron All Sky Survey catalogue (2MASX), functioned as the Project Scientist for the Infrared Science Archive (IRSA), and most recently was the principal lead of the Nearby Galaxy Group of the Wide-Fields Infrared Space Explorer (WISE). He also served on the WISE Science Team which defined and managed the mission. While he is world-renowned for his expertise in the near and mid-infrared, he also has hands-on experience in all other bands of the electromagnetic spectrum, from radio to X-ray, both Earth- and space-based.
He is a passionate researcher whose interest and expertise lies in the extragalactic large-scale structure - and visualization thereof - of the nearby Universe, the Zone of Avoidance, interacting galaxies, star formation processes and galaxy evolution. He is well-known to the department as he had active collaborations with various of its members for many years; he even co-supervised, mentored and hosted some of UCT's postgraduate students.
We are looking forward to working with him in these exciting times for astronomy in South Africa. It is our pleasure to welcome Dr Tom Jarrett to the Department.