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Roger Davies


Project leader

Career & Research

Roger Davies is a Philip Wetton Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford. He is a former president of the Royal Astronomical Society (2010-2012) and is known for his work in the so-called Seven Samurai collaboration, which discovered an apparent concentration of mass in the Universe called the Great Attractor. His research interests centre on cosmology and how galaxies form and evolve. He has a longstanding interest in astronomical instruments & telescopes. In recent years he has pioneered the use of a new class of astronomical spectrograph to measure the masses and ages of galaxies, as well as search for black holes in their nuclei.