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Hello, my name is Phil Diamond. I am a Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester and, since 2012, the Director-General of the Square Kilometre Array.

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My scientific interests include the study of star-formation and stellar evolution, starburst galaxies, supernovae and the environments of super-massive black-holes. In the main, I use radio interferometry to undertake this work, using MERLIN, VLBI and other facilities. 


BSc (Hons), Physics with Astrophysics, University of Leeds, 1979

Diploma for Advanced Studies in Science, Manchester University, 1980

PhD, Radio Astronomy, Manchester University, 1982 

Research interests


Evolved stars

Starburst galaxies



My group


  • Athol Kemball (Ph.D 1992, Rhodes Univ., S. Africa): Data Reduction Techniques for Very Long Baseline Interferometric Spectropolarimetry.
  • Ketan Desai (Ph.D 1995, UCSB, USA): VLBI as a probe of the Interstellar Medium, joint supervision with C.Gwinn
  • Kari Leppanen (Ph.D 1995, Univ. Helsinki, Finland): High frequency polarimetry with VLBI: the techniques and applications, joint supervision with A. Zensus.
  • Kevin Marvel (Ph.D 1996, NMSU, USA): VLBA monitoring of the structure of  H2O masers around stars.
  • David Boboltz (Ph.D 1997, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, USA): R Aquarii: A VLBA study of the structure and polarization properties of SiO masers in a symbiotic system.
  • Wouter Vlemmings (Ph.D 2002, cum


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