History’s first photograph of a black hole proves both the march of our technology and Einstein’s famous theory of relativity.
Kevin is an experienced observational astronomer whose core research interests cover a number of modern topics in extra-galactic astrophysics, large-scale structure of the Universe and cosmology. These include: •Galaxy formation, environment and evolution over cosmologically significant timescales; •Stellar populations inside galaxies and their response to their physical environments; •Clusters and superclusters of galaxies, their kinematics, constituents & growth; •Brightest galaxy cluster members (e.g. cD galaxies) & dwarfs; •Filaments of galaxies that stretch between galaxy clusters, & topology; •Large, wide-field and deep redshift surveys of the sky. Along the way, he has also contributed to a number of related and diverse research fields that include: •Astronomical image processing and automated galaxy classification; •The virtual observatory project and catalogue matching; •Quasar detection and evolution; •Dark energy and its influence on our cosmological model; •Astrophysics and physics education; •Random number generation, statistics, statistical methods, scientific sociology, and game theory. His research and teaching have taken him to a number of positions world-wide, including undertaking his PhD at Durham University, and subsequent positions at the University of Queensland, Monash University, a fellowship at the University of Oxford and more recently the University of Hull.