First Name
Last Name
Office Room
Hennings 305
Lab Room
Hennings 116A
Tel (Office)
(604) 822-6706
Tel (Lab)
(604) 822-8739
Research Groups

Students Wanted
willing to supervise (scholarship only)

Bachelor's Degree
University of Alberta, Honours Physics

Doctoral Degree
California Institute of Technology, Astrophysics

Employment History

Professor (1996)
Associate Professor (1988)
Assistant Professor (1984)
NSERC University Research Fellow (1980)


NASA Group Achievement Award (2016)
Member, Societe royal des sciences do Liege (2012)
Karl Kamper Memorial Lecture (2012)
UBC Killam Senior Science Research Prize (2003)
NASA Group Achievement Award (2000)
Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (1998)
Samuel Fefferman Memorial Gold Medal (1971)
Canadian Association of Physicists Prize (1967)
Canadian Mathematical Congress Prize (1967)

Committees and Service

Chinese Large Optical Telescope, Site Selection Committee
Chinese Large Optical Telescope, Optical Design Review Committee (2017)
Thirty Meter Telescope, Review Panel for TIPC Adaptive Optics Laser (2015)
National Science Foundation, Gemini Observatories Review Committee (2011)
President, Canadian Astronomical Society (2008-2010)
Canadian Space Agency, CLEAR-1 Mission Science Definition Team (2009)
Thirty Meter Telescope, Performance Review Panel (2008)
1st Vice President, Canadian Astronomical Society (2006-2008)
2nd Vice President, Canadian Astronomical Society (2004-2006)
Project Scientist, Thirty-Meter Telescope near-infrared adaptive optics system (2006-2013)
Thirty-Meter Telescope, Science Advisory Committee Chair (2005-2007, 2010-2011)
Thirty-Meter Telescope, Science Advisory Committee Co-chair (2004-2017)
Thirty-Meter Telescope, Performance Review Panel (2008)
NSF Gemini Review Panel (2010)
Canadian Large Telescope Science Steering Committee (2002-2004)
NGST Canadian Science Steering Committee (1998-2002)
Director, Large Zenith Telescope (1996-2017)
NASA Orbital Debris Program (1994-2002)
CFHT Scientific Advisory Committee (1996-2000)
Gemini Project Working Groups and Review Committee (1992-1994)
HIA Advisory Board (1991-1992)
NRC Associate Committee (1989-1991)

Canada, UK

Research Area
Astronomy & Astrophysics

Research Field

Research Topics
Galaxies, clusters, telescopes, instrumentation, adaptive optics