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Christopher Conselice

Christopher Conselice is an American Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Nottingham. Conselice received his bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Chicago in 1996 and his PhD in astronomy from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2001.[1]

He specializes in the formation and evolution of galaxies and their structural parameters - the so-called CAS parameters (concentration C, asymmetry A, and clumpiness S). His major contributions have involved new classification systems for galaxies as well as the understanding of early galaxy formation and the formation of low mass galaxies. He has since lead major infrared surveys using ground based telescopes such as the Palomar Observatory, UKIRT and the Hubble Space Telescope.

Conselice was the "Research Notebook" columnist for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Mercury Magazine from 1999 to 2003. He has also written for other popular astronomy magazines such as Scientific American and Astronomy, as well as having published over 200 articles in refereed scientific journals.

Conselice is the Principal Investigator on the HST GOODS NICMOS Survey, which utilises 180 orbits of the Hubble Space Telescope to image over 8000 galaxies in the near infrared. This is currently[when?] the largest allocation of HST time awarded to an investigator operating outside of the United States.[citation needed]

Conselice's 2007 Scientific American article, "The Universe's Invisible Hand" appeared in the 2008 edition of "The Best American Science and Nature Writing."[2] In 2008 Thompson Scientific declared Conselice as the most cited young Space Scientist in the world during the years 1997-2007.[3]

In 2009, Conselice was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Astronomy & Astrophysics,[4] and was part of the UKIDSS survey in the UK that won the Royal Astronomical Society's 2012 Group Achievement Award.[citation needed]

In 2014, Conselice published his first book, 'Galactic Encounters' with historian of astronomy William Sheehan.[5]


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