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Professor Bob Nichol

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

Bob Nichol


I finished my PhD in 1992 at the University of Edinburgh and started a postdoctoral position at Northwestern University with Prof. Mel Ulmer. In 1993, I moved to the University of Chicago to beginning work on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey ( and have been involved in this world-leading survey ever since. In 1997, I became an assistant professor in physics at Carnegie Mellon University, and an associate professor in 2001. In 2004, I returned to the UK in Portsmouth via a Marie Curie Professorship and since 2010 I have been co-director of the ICG. In 2007, I was awarded a Marie Curie Award.

Research Interests

My main research interests and projects include: Studies of the large-scale structure in the Universe (Euclid, SDSS-III BOSS); Supernovae (DES, LSST); Galaxy properties as a function of environment (Galaxy Zoo); Data science (DISCnet).

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