Introducing Michael West

Michael West is Deputy Director for Science at Lowell Observatory. He received his PhD from Yale University in 1987. He has held research and teaching positions around the world, including as ESO’s Head of Science in Chile, Director of the Maria Mitchell Observatory on the island of Nantucket, Head of Science Operations at Gemini South, and a tenured professor at the University of Hawaii.

His research interests include galaxies and galaxy clusters, the large-scale structure of the universe, and globular clusters as probes of galaxy formation. He began life as a theorist but gradually morphed into an observational astronomer over the years.

Michael is also passionate about communicating astronomy with the public. A member of the National Association of Science Writers, his writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Scientific American and other publications. His article “When Galaxies Become Cannibals” is feature in the December 2016 issue of Astronomy magazine. Additionally, his book A Sky Wonderful with Stars: 50 Years of Modern Astronomy on Maunakea, was published last year by University of Hawaii Press.

Michael will be tweeting from Chile this week, where he and a group from Lowell Observatory are visiting Gemini South, the European Southern Observatory, and other interesting places in this amazing country.


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