|Photo 2016, courtesy Prof. Heckman|
|11 October 1951||2018 Bruce Medalist|
Tim Heckman was born in Toledo, Ohio. He earned his B.A. at Harvard College and his Ph.D. in 1978 at the University of Washington, where his thesis, supervised by Bruce Balick, was titled "An Optical and Radio Survey of the Nuclei of Bright Galaxies." After postdoctoral research at Leiden and Arizona, he served on the faculty of the University of Maryland from 1982 to 1988. In 1989 he became a professor at Johns Hopkins University, where he is now the A. Hermann Pfund Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics & Astronomy. For the first five and one-half years at Maryland he was also affiliated with the Space Telescope Science Institute. Heckman has performed spectroscopic and photometric research in optical, radio, and ultraviolet bands. Most of his research has been on galaxies, especially those with active nuclei or starbursts, and on the formation and evolution of stars. He is especially interested in the evolution of galaxies and their relationship to massive black holes. He has often made optical studies of galaxies selected for their radio, infrared or ultraviolet characteristics. He has worked with many collaborators, and he has been active in such large programs as the four surveys of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX), the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE), and Mapping Nearby Galaxies at APO (MaNGA). He and his colleagues have found evidence for relationships between starbursts, galactic winds, and galaxy evolution and for supermassive black holes at the centers of quiescent galaxies. His work has been influential and widely cited.
At Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University photo by Will Kirk, 2016
Minor Planet 25960 Timheckman
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