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Michael J. Irwin is a British astronomer. He is the director of the Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit and one of the discoverers of the Cetus Dwarf galaxy and the Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy.[1][2][3][4][5]

Mike Irwin
Mike Irwin receiving the Herschel Medal from Roger Davies in 2012
Mike Irwin receiving the Herschel Medal from Roger Davies in 2012
Born
Michael J. Irwin
Known forDiscovery of the Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy
AwardsHerschel Medal (2012)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
Websitewww.ast.cam.ac.uk/~mike/

ResearchEdit

Irwin is known worldwide for the leading role he plays in processing of digital optical and infra-red survey data. Currently, his efforts in processing of digital optical and infrared survey data of Vista Data Flow are being used for processing United Kingdom Infrared Telescope data.[6]

Awards and honoursEdit

In 2012, Royal Astronomical Society awarded Michael Irwin the 2012 Herschel Medal, which recognises investigations of outstanding merit in observational astrophysics.[7] He has also made contributions in the scientific community by writing and helping write several books.[3]

List of discovered minor planetsEdit

According to the Minor Planet Center's official discoverer list, Irwin co-discovered 8 minor planets during 1990–1996.[8]

(8012) 1990 HO3 29 April 1990 list[A]
(8361) 1990 JN1 1 May 1990 list[A]
15810 Arawn 12 May 1994 list[A]
(16684) 1994 JQ1 11 May 1994 list[A]
(19299) 1996 SZ4 16 September 1996 list[B][C]
(48443) 1990 HY5 29 April 1990 list[A]
(58165) 1990 HQ5 29 April 1990 list[A]
(73682) 1990 HU5 29 April 1990 list[A]
Co-discovery made with:
A A. Żytkow
B A. Fitzsimmons
C I. P. Williams

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Levy, David H. (2000-11-22). The Scientific American book of the cosmos. Macmillan. pp. 79–. ISBN 978-0-312-25453-7. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  2. ^ Ibata, R. A.; Gilmore, G.; Irwin, M. J. (1994). "A dwarf satellite galaxy in Sagittarius". Nature. 370 (6486): 194. Bibcode:1994Natur.370..194I. doi:10.1038/370194a0.
  3. ^ a b Mike Irwin's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  4. ^ Perlmutter, S.; Aldering, G.; Goldhaber, G.; Knop, R. A.; Nugent, P.; Castro, P. G.; Deustua, S.; Fabbro, S.; Goobar, A.; Groom, D. E.; Hook, I. M.; Kim, A. G.; Kim, M. Y.; Lee, J. C.; Nunes, N. J.; Pain, R.; Pennypacker, C. R.; Quimby, R.; Lidman, C.; Ellis, R. S.; Irwin, M.; McMahon, R. G.; Ruiz‐Lapuente, P.; Walton, N.; Schaefer, B.; Boyle, B. J.; Filippenko, A. V.; Matheson, T.; Fruchter, A. S.; et al. (1999). "Measurements of Ω and Λ from 42 High‐Redshift Supernovae". The Astrophysical Journal. 517 (2): 565. arXiv:astro-ph/9812133. Bibcode:1999ApJ...517..565P. doi:10.1086/307221.
  5. ^ Perlmutter, S.; Gabi, S.; Goldhaber, G.; Goobar, A.; Groom, D. E.; Hook, I. M.; Kim, A. G.; Kim, M. Y.; Lee, J. C.; Pain, R.; Pennypacker, C. R.; Small, I. A.; Ellis, R. S.; McMahon, R. G.; Boyle, B. J.; Bunclark, P. S.; Carter, D.; Irwin, M. J.; Glazebrook, K.; Newberg, H. J. M.; Filippenko, A. V.; Matheson, T.; Dopita, M.; Couch, W. J. (1997). "Measurements of the Cosmological Parameters Ω and Λ from the First Seven Supernovae atz≥ 0.35". The Astrophysical Journal. 483 (2): 565. arXiv:astro-ph/9608192. Bibcode:1997ApJ...483..565P. doi:10.1086/304265.
  6. ^ "Home page for Mike Irwin @ Institute of Astronomy, Madingley Road, Cambridge". University of Cambridge. Archived from the original on 2015-02-20.
  7. ^ "RAS honours leading astronomers and geophysicists". Royal Astronomical Society. 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-02-09.
  8. ^ "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.

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