Dr Rob Beswick


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I am a Reader and Head of Science Operations and User Support for the e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility. I also play a key role within the University of Manchester's Interferometric Centre of Excellence which draws together research and operational staff working on e-MERLIN, VLBI, ALMA, LOFAR and the SKA. I was co-Chair of the SKA molecular spectral line science working group (from its inception to 2017).

My main areas of research are extragalactic radio astronomy, encompassing star-formation and accretion processes through cosmic time, spectral line observations at high resolution, transient astronomical events and radio interferometric techniques. I am PI (along with Ian McHardy, Southampton) of the e-MERLIN Legacy project, Legacy e-MERLIN Multi-band imaging of Nearby Galaxies (LeMMINGs). This programme is imaging 300 nearby galaxies with sub-arcsecond resolutions and microJansky sensitivities.


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Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, The Alan Turing Building, School of Physics and Astronomy,

The University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK

Tel : +44-161-2750483

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Jodrell Bank Observatory,

Lower Withington, The University of Manchester,

Maccelsfield, Cheshire, SK11 9DL, UK

Tel : +44-161-3069400


  • Star-formation, Supernovae, Distant galaxies, Spectral-lines, ISM, e-MERLIN, SKA, ALMA, Extragalactic Radio/mm-wave Astronomy

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