Michael Garrett

Michael Garrett


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Hello, my name is Mike Garrett. I am the inaugural Sir Bernard Lovell chair of Astrophysics at the University of Manchester and the Director of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA).

JBCA is a group of 190 people, including postgraduate students. We are based at two sites: the Alan Turing Building on the University campus in Manchester and Jodrell Bank Observatory (JBO) which is home to the iconic Lovell Telescope. We run e-MERLIN, the UK's radio astronomy National Facility, on behalf of STFC

My scientific interests are very broad but include the study of the distant universe via high resolution radio observations. I am also active in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), and I am currently vice-chair of the IAAs SETI Permanent Committee. I am a visiting Professor at the University of Leiden.

Positions held:

Sir Bernard Lovell Chair of Astrophysics, Director of Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics
2016 → Present

General & Scientific Director, ASTRON (The Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy)
2007 → 2016

Visiting Professor in Radio Astronomy Techniques, Leiden Observatory, Leiden University
2007 → Present

Director, Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe (JIVE)
2003 → 2007

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D. in Radio Astronomy, “A Study of the Gravitational Lens 0957+561", University of Manchester (UOM)


Bachelor of Science, BSc (1st Class Hons) Astronomy, University of Glasgow



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