Prof. Simon White
Director, Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics


1977 Ph.D. University of Cambridge, England
1974 M.Sc. University of Toronto, Canada
1972 Cambridge University, Jesus College, Cambridge, England

1994 – Present Scientific Member, Max Planck Society
1994 – Present Director, Max-Planck-Institut fuer
Astrophysik, Garching
1994 – Present Visiting Professor, University of Durham
1992 – Present Research Professor, University of Arizona,Steward Observatory

1992 – 1994 Director, European Association for Research in Astronomy
1991 – 1994 Sheepshanks Reader in Astronomy, University of Cambridge
1987 – 1991 Professor/Astronomer, University of Arizona, Steward Observatory
1984 – 1987 Associate Professor/Astronomer, University of Arizona, Steward Observatory
1981 – 1984 Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley, Dept. of Astronomy
1980 – 1984 Senior Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, Space Sciences Laboratory
1980 Attache, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris
1979 – 1980 Research Fellow, University of Cambridge, Churchill College and Institute of Astronomy
1978 Visiting Research Astronomer, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
1977 – 1978 Lindeman Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, Dept. of Astronomy

2001 – Present Honorary Professor, National Observatory of China
2000 Max-Planck-Forschungspreis, Max-Planck
1999 – Present Honorary Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory
1999 Lansdowne Lecturer, University of Victoria
1998 George Darwin Lecturer, Royal Astronomical Society
1997 Fellow, Royal Society
1996 Grubb Parson Lecturer, University of Durham
1995 – Present Honorary Professor, Ludwig Maximilians University
1986 Helen B. Warner Prize, American Astronomical Society
1984 – 1989 Presidential Young Investigator, National Science Foundation

Research Interests
• Galactic structure
• Extragalactic astrophysics and cosmology
• Structure, formation and evolution of galaxies
• Galaxy clusters and the large-scale distribution of galaxies
• Nature and distribution of dark matter
• Numerical simulations of the formation of galaxies and larger structures