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Prof. Richard Hills

Emeritus Professor of Radio Astronomy

Richard Hills has mainly worked on the development of radio astronomy at millimetre wavelengths, the part of the spectrum that lies between radio and the infra-red regions. These wavelengths are particularly useful for studying the formation of new stars and planets, which is still taking place in our own galaxy, and for observing the initial assembly of galaxies, most of which happened more than 10 billion years ago. He was Project Scientist for the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, which was built on the 4200m high Mauna Kea in Hawaii in the 1980s, and continued to work with that telescope and the development of new instruments for it for many years. He also worked on the ESA projects Herschel and Planck, acting as Telescope Scientist for the latter during the development phase. From 2007 to 2012 he was Project Scientist of the Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array (ALMA) in Chile, with responsibility for ensuring that the telescope met the requirements of the scientists and for overseeing the scientific commissioning. He acts as an advisor to a range of projects and is presently the chair of the Science and Engineering Advisory Committee for the Square Kilometre Array.

Department address:
Room G20
Battcock Centre for Experimental Astrophysics,
Cavendish Laboratory,
JJ Thomson Avenue,
Cambridge CB3 0HE.
Telephone: (+44) (0)1223 337369
Fax: (+44) (0)1223 354599
College address:
St. Edmund's College,
Mount Pleasant,
Cambridge CB3 0BN.

Email name : r.e.hills (email to

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