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Prof Mike Barlow

Untitled Document Following an undergraduate degree in Physics at Queen's University Belfast, I obtained a DPhil in Astrophysics at the University of Sussex, on the topic of `The growth and destruction of dust grains in interstellar space'. Roger Tayler was my thesis adviser. During the 1970's I spent three years in the US, first of all holding an ESRO-NASA Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, where I worked on dust physics and on observational infrared astronomy with Joe Silk and Martin Cohen. This was later followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at JILA, University of Colorado, where I worked on mass loss from hot stars with David Hummer, John Castor, Peter Conti and David Abbott. I then took a Staff Astronomer position at the Anglo-Australian Observatory, during Don Morton's Directorship. While at the AAO I initiated an extensive optical spectroscopic programme on planetary nebulae and WO Wolf-Rayet stars.

Returning from the AAO to the UK, I held an SERC Advanced Fellowship at UCL before being appointed to a `New Blood' Lectureship in 1983. I was promoted to Reader in 1989 and became a Professor of Astrophysics in 1994. I spent 1985-86 as a Visiting Fellow at JILA, University of Colorado. Some of the projects that I have been involved in while at UCL include the production of the CGS3 mid-infrared spectrometer for UKIRT; the Ultra-High Resolution Facility (UHRF) for the Anglo-Australian Telescope; and Co-Investigator membership of the Long Wavelength Spectrometer Consortium for ESA's Infrared Space Observatory. I am currently a member of the Science Team for the SPIRE far-IR/submm imager/spectrometer for ESA's Herschel Space Observatory and am also a member of the European Science Team for the MIRI mid-infrared imager/spectrometer that will be one of three instruments on the James Webb Space Telescope. My current research interests include investigating whether supernovae are significant dust contributors to galaxies, via Spitzer Space Telescope and Herschel Space Observatory studies of dust in supernovae and supernova remnants in our own and nearby galaxies, and observational and numerical studies of highly evolved stars, ionized nebulae and blue compact galaxies.

Within the UCL Astrophysics Group, I am a member of the Circumstellar and Interstellar Environments (CIE) research group, whose web-pages can be found at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/star/research/stars_galaxies