IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor: Derek Richardson

21 Oct - 22 Nov 2013

Derek Richardson is a computational astrophysicist with an interest in understanding the dynamics of small solar system bodies, including topics such as the origin of small-body gravitational systems, asteroid collisions, the dynamics of planetary rings, and granular processing low gravity. He is also interested in planet formation and the discovery of extrasolar planets. He is a member of working groups for the Marco Polo-R asteroid sample-return mission proposed to ESA and a participating scientist on the NASA OSIRIS-Rex asteroid sample-return mission. Richardson obtained a B.Sc in Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) in 1990 and a PhD in Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge in 1993. He went on to postdoctoral positions at the Canadian Institute for theoretical Astrophysics (Toronto, Canada) from 1993 to 1996 and at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA) from 1996 to 1999. In 2000 he was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Washington until he accepted an Assistant Professor position at the University of Maryland. In 2002, Asteroid 1998 SH54 was renamed 12566 Derichardson in recognition of his contributions to planetary science. In 2006 he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. In 2012, he was promoted to Professor.

Professor Richardson will be speaking at the School of Physics Colloquium on the 4 Nov, entitled ‘Asteroids: Modelling the future of space exploration’.

For further information on Professor Richardson's visit, please contact
Dr Zoe Leinhardt.