Newcastle University Academic Track Fellowships NUAcT

Chris Harrison

Dr Chris Harrison

I am an observational astronomer with the main goal of understanding how galaxies (like our Milky Way) formed and ended up with a range of beautiful shapes. I have a particular interest in supermassive black holes that reside at the centre of galaxies and how the enormous amount of energy that is released when then grow can effectively regulate how a galaxy can evolve. I am also very passionate about inspiring diverse groups to enjoy/study science and enjoy creating new outreach tools to do this (like my “Galaxy Maker” I am using in the picture). I have recently started exploring how to represent astronomical data as sound and 3D images to engage those with vision impairments.

 I grew up near Middlesbrough and studied astrophysics at Edinburgh and Durham. I then moved to Germany with my family, where I spent three years working at the headquarters of the European Southern Observatory. I am extremely excited to embark upon a NUAcT Fellowship. I was particularly attracted to the scheme because of the opportunity and encouragement to develop new cross-sector research projects. I was also attracted by the clear commitment to EDI and supporting early-career researchers to reach their full potential. I am thrilled to be part of this new scheme, and indeed, to be part of developing new astronomy research at Newcastle.