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Dr. Jeremy Mould: Biographical Sketch

Dr. Jeremy Mould has been Director of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), Tucson, AZ, since April 2001.

Born in Bristol, England, on July 31, 1949, Mould migrated to Australia in 1963. He attended school in England and Australia, receiving his first degree from University of Melbourne and his PhD from the Australian National University (ANU).

He first came to Tucson in 1976 as a postdoctoral research fellow at Kitt Peak National Observatory. Following a Carnegie Fellowship in 1979, he was an Assistant Astronomer at Kitt Peak from 1980-82. He then worked at the California Institute of Technology, serving as Executive Officer for Astronomy from 1987-90. He left Caltech as a Professor of Astronomy in 1993 to head up the ANU’s Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories. In 1999, the ANU joined the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA), which operates NOAO under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Science Foundation, as an international affiliate.

“It is a great honor to lead the National Optical Astronomy Observatory,” Mould says. “Like many research organizations of distinction, we’re currently being challenged to reinvent ourselves, and I’ll focus on this important task.”

Mould’s scientific interests are stellar populations and observational cosmology. “Most current stellar population studies are tied to the star formation history of galaxies,” he explains. “You can study it locally within the Milky Way, or you can study it by looking further back in time beyond our galaxy. Both approaches require large telescopes and the ability to resolve distant objects with great precision, and both are part of astronomy’s major theme of telling the story of the Universe from the Big Bang to the present day.”

Mould is also a participant in several space-based astronomy missions. He was one of three principal investigators for a Hubble Space Telescope Key Project team, whose goal was to measure the expansion rate of the Universe with an accuracy of 10 percent. He is also a member of the science team for the Multiband Imaging Photometer instrument scheduled for launch aboard NASA’s Space Infrared Telescope Facility in mid-2002.

Mould was elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 1998, cited for his work on the evolutionary history of dwarf galaxies; he chaired the Anglo Australian Telescope Board in 1999, and the ESO Visiting Committee for its 2000 report. Until joining NOAO, he served as a member of the AURA Board, and is currently a member of NASA’s Space Science Advisory Committee.

August 2002

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