Roger Davies is the Philip Wetton Professor of Astrophysics at Oxford University and a Student of Christ Church. He attended John Leggott VIth Form College in his home town of Scunthorpe before gaining a place to read Physics at UCL. He started research working on galaxy dynamics in Cambridge in the 1970s after which he moved to California, returning to Cambridge as a JRF at Christ's College. He then spent 6 years on the staff of the US National Observatory in Tucson, Arizona. As part of the ``7 Samurai'' team he worked out a new way of measuring the distances to galaxies and discovered the ``Great Attractor'', a huge concentration of galaxy clusters in the southern sky. He moved to Oxford in 1988 to lead the UK's participation in the construction of the 8m Gemini telescopes, in Hawaii and Chile. In 1994 he took up the post of Professor of Astronomy at Durham University returning to Oxford in 2002.
Roger Davies has published over 150 papers in refereed journals that have attracted over 12,000 citations with four papers reaching 500 citations. His bibliography can be found at : http://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/contacts/people/davies
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