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Richard de Grijs

Country: Netherlands


Qualification: Ph.D. in Astrophysics; University of Groningen



Communication style

Experienced mentor, will speak slow in easy English, and has interacted with ESL researchers.


  1. Instructor profile
Richard is an internationally acclaimed astronomer and academic trainer, with a Ph.D. from the renowned University of Groningen, Netherlands. He has extensively worked with ESL authors and has successfully secured a significantly large number of research grants from around the world. Richard has honorary appointments at various reputed academic institutes across China. He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards and has served as a referee for Science and Nature. Elsevier recently announced that Richard de Grijs is among the most highly cited Chinese scholars in 2017.
Education
  • Ph.D. in Astrophysics, University of Groningen (Netherlands) | 1993–1997
  • Ph.D. Thesis (31 October 1997): Edge-on Disk Galaxies | A Structure Analysis in the
  • Optical and Near-Infrared; Advisers: Prof. P. C. van der Kruit, Prof. R. F. Peletier
  • M.Phil. (Physics & Astronomy), University of Groningen (Netherlands)
  • (Dutch “doctorandus”) | 1988–1992
Current Main Appointments
  • Professor of Astrophysics | 09/2009–PRESENT
  • Kavli Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics (KIAA) and Department of Astronomy, Peking University (China) | 03/2012–present
Current Honorary Appointments
  • Joint Professor, China West Normal University (Sichuan, China)
  • Visiting professor, Qiannan Normal College for Nationalities (Guizhou, China)
  • Discipline Scientist (Astrophysics), International Space Science Institute–Beijing
  • Deputy Editor, The Astrophysical Journal Letters
  • Guest Professor, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (China)
  • Senior Research Fellow, Hughes Hall (prize fellowship, for life) Wolfson College, Cambridge, University (UK)
Awards
  • Erskine award (fellowship), University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Excellent performance award, Peking University (only one such appraisal was awarded to any of the 18 KIAA faculty and staff members)
  • Outstanding doctoral dissertation award, LI Chengyuan, Peking University (award shared between student and adviser)
  • Merit Prize, Asian Scientist Writing Prize, Asian Scientist Magazine/Science Centre Singapore Inclusion on the Elsevier/Scopus Most Highly Cited Chinese Scholars in 2014, 2015, 2016 lists
  • Visiting Academy Professor, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
  • Royal Astronomical Society Group Achievement Award (Astronomy), UKIDSS consortium Selby award for excellence in science, Australian Academy of Science
  • British Association for the Advancement of Science award lecture Exceptional contribution award, University of Sheffield
  • “Van Swinderen” public outreach award 1997–1998, Royal Netherlands Physical Society
Research Grants and Contracts
  • Ministry of Science and Technology of China – National Key Research and Development project (co-I): CNY 32.33M
  • National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) – Key Project grant (co-PI): CNY 3.1M
  • NSFC – Joint NSFC/Chinese Academy of Sciences grant (PI): CNY 500,000
  • Erskine award (fellowship), University of Canterbury (New Zealand): NZ$ 10,000
  • International Space Science Institute–Beijing workshop grant, Astronomical distance determination in the space age, € 35,000
  • NSFC – Standard grant (PI): CNY 900,000
  • NSFC – Public Understanding of Science grant (PI): CNY 400,000
  • Visiting Academy Professorship, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW): € 13,000
  • International Astronomical Union, Office of Astronomy for Development (Task Force 1: Universities and Research): € 5,600 + € 5,000 (regional office startup)
  • Australian Academy of Science – Selby award: AU$ 10,000
  • Kyung Hee University (Republic of Korea) – Distinguished international visiting professor award (World Class Universities programme): KRW 43,000,000 ≈ US$ 37,000
  • NSFC – Standard grant (PI): CNY 500,000
  • NSFC – Director's Discretionary grant (PI): CNY 100,000
  • STFC – Visitors grant for the Astrophysics Group at Sheffield [ST/G001634/1] (PI): £ 10,135
  • International Astronomical Union (IAU), grant to organize a Symposium at the XXVIIth IAU General Assembly (PI/chair) on “Star Clusters: Basic Galactic Building Blocks throughout Time and Space”, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil): US$ 25,000
  • Korean Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF), Cooperative research grant – employing a postdoctoral researcher for three years at Kyung Hee University (Republic of Korea) on “Building galaxies: star clusters as fundamental galactic building blocks” (co-PI with S. S. Kim, Kyung Hee University, Republic of Korea): US$ 60,000
  • British Council, Prime Minister's Initiative 2, Building galaxies: star clusters as fundamental galactic building blocks, UK–Korea Research Co-operation Award (PI, with Prof. S. S. Kim, Kyung Hee University, Republic of Korea): £ 34,448
  • Royal Society International Incoming Fellowship from China: funding for a post-doctoral research associate (PDRA) from China for 12 months (tax-free stipend and research expenses; non-fEC; PI): £ 18,200 (fEC: full economic costing)
  • Royal Society grant for an International Joint Project between the University of Sheffield and the National Astronomical Observatories (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China), on “Evolution and Dynamical Importance of Binary Systems in Compact Star Clusters” (PI): £ 10,200
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Partnership for Public Awareness grant, EP/E03344X/1, “Research Physicists Encouraging Outreach in Primary Schools” (co-I; PI G. Gehring, Sheffield; incl. fEC): £ 79,876
  • Leverhulme Trust grant for a Visiting Professorship at the University of Sheffield for Prof. Pavel Kroupa, University of Bonn, Germany (co-I; PI S. Goodwin, Sheffield): £ 8,500
  • While employed in the UK (2000–2010), I was awarded ~ £ 310,000 directly for research grants as Principal Investigator (PI). I have been successful in applying for major research grants from the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (defunct)/Science and Technology Facilities Council (annual rounds of grant applications; numerical success rate < 10%), the Royal Society (which selected me as one of a limited number of scientists supported to set up a high-profile UK–China science network), the British Council (to initiate a UK–Korea network), and other charities in the UK and Europe. My grant income in China has been limited to grants foreign PIs are eligible to apply for, precluding me from embarking on more ambitious projects.
  • My successful contribution to the research standing of the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sheffield (UK) led to a University Exceptional Contribution Award (awarded to < 5% of staff) for the academic year 2006/2007. In 2015, Peking University awarded me an Exceptional Performance award, implying a top-5% performance that year.
  • Royal Society grant for an International Joint Project between the Universities of Sheffield and Bonn (Germany), on “Multiple star formation and the dynamics of star clusters” (co-I; PI S. Goodwin, Sheffield): £ 9,400
  • International Space Science Institute (ISSI, Switzerland) – International Team grant, “Star Cluster Formation and Evolution in the Context of the Quiescent versus Violent Star Formation Paradigm” (PI): CHF 15,000
  • Royal Society/Office of Science and Innovation; UK–China Science Network follow-up grant to organize two workshops of a week each, in China and in the UK (PI): £ 8,975
  • PPARC – Grant to hire a PDRA for 35 months on “From young super star cluster to old globular: robust star cluster survival rates” [PP/D002036/1] (PI; before fEC): £ 155,157
  • PPARC – Visitors grant for the Astrophysics Group at Sheffield [PP/D002044/1] (PI): £ 9,457
  • PPARC – Astronomical Computing at Sheffield [PP/D002052/1] (co-I): £ 28,348
  • University of Sheffield, Learning and Teaching Development Grant [CD0685], “A movie story: orbits, dynamics and disruption of globular star clusters in and around the Milky Way” (PI; awarded in person days): equivalent to £ 12,000
  • EPSRC Partnership for Public Awareness grant [EP/C531779/1], “Research Physicists Supporting Primary Science” (co-I; PI G. Gehring, Sheffield): £ 25,749
  • International Space Science Institute (ISSI, Switzerland) – International Team grant (PI) “Life and Death of Star Clusters”: CHF 15,000
  • Nuffield Foundation – Newly Appointed Lecturers award (in Science, Engineering and Mathematics) (PI): £ 3,400
  • Royal Society – Research Grant (PI): £ 4,596

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