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Simon Radford

Center for Astrophysics
Submillimeter Array Director of Hawaii Operations


Simon Radford is the Director of Hawaii Operations for the Submillimeter Array located on Maunakea. Previously he was on the professional staff at Caltech, where he managed operations of the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory, also on Maunakea, managed deployment and operations of QUIET on the Chajnantor plateau in Chile, and conducted site evaluation for CCAT on Cerro Chajnantor; a staff astronomer at NRAO where he managed site development for ALMA and conducted site exploration and evaluation on the Chajnantor plateau; and an astronomer at IRAM where he participated in the commissioning of the interferometer and observed distant galaxies with the 30 m telescope. He received his Ph. D. in Astronomy at the University of Washington. His research has included observations of the cosmic background radiation, spectroscopy of molecular gas in starburst galaxies, characterization of atmospheric conditions at submillimeter observing sites, and development of telescopes and instrumentation.