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After a 1988 BSc in Physics from the University of Leeds, an exchange scholarship MSc from the University of Alberta, work as a subeditor at Blackwell Scientific and setting up MadLab an educational electronics company he began his research career as a PhD student based at the Royal Observatory of Edinburgh. His 1995 thesis from the University of Edinburgh was titled "The Coolest Dwarfs". He then moved to the University of Tokyo as a European Commission research fellow to work with Professor Takashi Tsuji on the model atmospheres of cool dwarf stars. During that time he worked on the inclusion of dust in model atmospheres and co-founded the Anglo-Australian Planet Search. In 1997, he moved to Liverpool John Moores University and in 2000 also a position at the University of Liverpool. He was closely involved with founding and running a joint Physics degree, a suite of ten online distance learning courses and the Liverpool Robotic Telescope. He moved to Hertfordshire in 2004 and has extended his work into instrumentation with the development of the Bayfordbury Observatory, led the IoP accreditation of the University of Hertfordshire Physics degree and chaired the inaugural European Week of Astronomy and Space Science. In his research he has been fortunate to have great collaborators and so be able to make a contribution to the burgeoning fields of brown dwarfs and extrasolar planets. Thus Hertfordshire can claim close involvement in the discovery and characterisation of a significant fraction of the nearby extrasolar planets and brown dwarfs including the discovery of planets orbiting the Sun's nearest neighbours, Proxima Centauri and Barnard's star.

He has recent appointments as a Distinguished Visitor of the Australian Astronomical Observatory, Visiting Investigator in the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern Queensland, Visiting Professor of the National Observatory of Ukraine, President's International Visiting Scientist at the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, and an Associate of the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics.

Research interests

Exoplanets, Brown Dwarfs and Low-mass stars with particular focus on spectroscopic analysis

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  • The VISTA Variables in the Vía Láctea eXtended (VVVX) ESO public survey: Completion of the observations and legacy

    Saito, R. K., Hempel, M., Alonso-García, J., Lucas, P. W., Minniti, D., Alonso, S., Baravalle, L., Borissova, J., Caceres, C., Chené, A. N., Cross, N. J. G., Duplancic, F., Garro, E. R., Gómez, M., Ivanov, V. D., Kurtev, R., Luna, A., Majaess, D., Navarro, M. G., Pullen, J. B., & 126 othersRejkuba, M., Sanders, J. L., Smith, L. C., Albino, P. H. C., Alonso, M. V., Amôres, E. B., Angeloni, R., Arias, J. I., Arnaboldi, M., Barbuy, B., Bayo, A., Beamin, J. C., Bedin, L. R., Bellini, A., Benjamin, R. A., Bica, E., Bonatto, C. J., Botan, E., Braga, V. F., Brown, D. A., Cabral, J. B., Camargo, D., Garatti, A. C. O., Carballo-Bello, J. A., Catelan, M., Chavero, C., Chijani, M. A., Clariá, J. J., Coldwell, G. V., Peña, C. C., Ramos, R. C., Corral-Santana, J. M., Cortés, C. C., Cortés-Contreras, M., Cruz, P., Daza-Perilla, I. V., Debattista, V. P., Dias, B., Donoso, L., D'Souza, R., Emerson, J. P., Federle, S., Fermiano, V., Fernandez, J., Fernández-Trincado, J. G., Ferreira, T., Lopes, C. E. F., Firpo, V., Flores-Quintana, C., Fraga, L., Froebrich, D., Galdeano, D., Gavignaud, I., Geisler, D., Gerhard, O. E., Gieren, W., Gonzalez, O. A., Gramajo, L. V., Gran, F., Granitto, P. M., Griggio, M., Guo, Z., Gurovich, S., Hilker, M., Jones, H. R. A., Kammers, R., Kuhn, M. A., Kumar, M. S. . N., Kundu, R., Lares, M., Libralato, M., Lima, E., Maccarone, T. J., Cortés, P. M., Martin, E. L., Masetti, N., Matsunaga, N., Mauro, F., McDonald, I., Mejías, A., Mesa, V., Milla-Castro, F. P., Minniti, J. H., Bidin, C. M., Montenegro, K., Morris, C., Motta, V., Navarete, F., Molina, C. N., Nikzat, F., Castellón, J. L. N., Obasi, C., Ortigoza-Urdaneta, M., Palma, T., Parisi, C., Ramírez, K. P., Pereyra, L., Perez, N., Petralia, I., Pichel, A., Pignata, G., Alegría, S. R., Rojas, A. F., Rojas, D., Roman-Lopes, A., Rovero, A. C., Saroon, S., Schmidt, E. O., Schröder, A. C., Schultheis, M., Sgró, M. A., Solano, E., Soto, M., Stecklum, B., Steeghs, D., Tamura, M., Tissera, P., Valcarce, A. A. R., Valotto, C. A., Vasquez, S., Villalon, C., Villanova, S., Cádiz, F. V., Bacigalupo, R. Z., Zijlstra, A. & Zoccali, M., 24 Jun 2024, In: Astronomy & Astrophysics.

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  • Tianyu: search for the second solar system and explore the dynamic universe

    Feng, F., Rui, Y., Du, Z., Lin, Q., Zhang, C., Zhou, D., Cui, K., Ogihara, M., Yang, M., Lin, J., Cai, Y., Yang, T., Pang, X., Jian, M., Li, W., Guo, H., Shi, X., Shi, J., Li, J., Guo, K., & 14 othersYao, S., Chen, A., Jia, P., Tan, X., Jenkins, J. S., Jiang, H., Zhang, M., Li, K., Xiao, G., Zheng, S., Xuan, Y., Zheng, J., He, M. & Jones, H. R. A., 10 Apr 2024, (Accepted/In press) In: Acta Astronomica Sinica.

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  • Revised Architecture and Two New Super-Earths in the HD 134606 Planetary System

    Li, Z., Kane, S. R., Brandt, T. D., Fetherolf, T., Robertson, P., Zhao, J., Dalba, P. A., Wittenmyer, R. A., Butler, R. P., Diaz, M. R., Howell, S. B., Bailey, J., Carter, B., Furlan, E., Gnilka, C. L., Jones, H. R. A., O'Toole, S. & Tinney, C., 1 Apr 2024, In: The Astronomical Journal . 167, 4, p. 1-17 17 p., 155.

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  • Modeling and Calibration of Gaia, Hipparcos, and Tycho-2 astrometric data for the detection of dark companions

    Feng, F., Rui, Y., Xuan, Y. & Jones, H. R. A., 28 Mar 2024, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series. 271, 2, p. 1-21 21 p., 50.

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  • All-sky Guide Star Catalog for CSST

    Feng, H-M., Cao, Z-H., Lam, M. I., Li, R., Tian, H., Yin, D-Y., Yang, Y-Y., Zhang, X., Fan, D-W., Dong, Y-Q., Li, X-F., Wang, W., Li, L., Jones, H. R. A., Tao, Y-H., Nie, J-L., Wang, P-P., Liu, M-Y., Yang, H. & Liu, C., 26 Mar 2024, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics. 24, 4, p. 1-26 26 p., 045004.

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