Mark Gieles is a professor of astrophysics in the Department of Physics of the University of Surrey and was the first head of group from 2013 to 2018. He did his PhD at Utrecht University in the Netherlands under the supervision of Prof Henny Lamers and Prof Simon Portegies Zwart. He then moved to the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile as a research fellow and support astronomer on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) at Cerro Paranal in the Atacama desert. As part of this fellowship he spent 3 months as a visiting scientist at the School of Mathematics of the University of Edinburgh to work with Prof. Douglas Heggie. In 2009 he won a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (URF) which he took up at the Institute of Astronomy of the University of Cambridge and moved the URF to Surrey in 2013. He is PI of a Starting Grant of the European ResearchCouncil (ERC) which funds a team of people who use globular clusters to understand the formation of the Milky Way.
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