The list of the young outstanding scientists who receive this year Wallenberg Academy Fellow grant was released today. One of them is Oskar Klein Centre member Matthew Hayes.
We congratulate him and ask him how it feels: “Well, it feels very nice. What can I say… these grants mean a great deal, and it really could not have come at a better time. I can start to build a research group, which previously I have not had sufficient funding to do. KAW have really secured my future in a way that will hopefully let me build some new and larger projects” says Matthew.
Matthew’s research is mainly about galaxy formation and evolution, that is on how to infer the properties of galaxies from observation. “To this end I am particularly interested in observing local galaxies with lots of active star formation – loosely termed starburst galaxies – with the Hubble Space Telescope, as these may be similar to many galaxies that we find in the earlier universe. Looking at local galaxies with HST, we can do some extremely detailed observations, and pick galaxies apart both spatially and in the spectral dimension to see how stars and gas move. At the same time I do similar sets of observations in the distant universe, mainly with ESO’s Very Large Telescopes in Chile, and piece together what we can measure in the distant universe armed with all the information we have gleaned from observing local objects.”
Matthew got his PhD at the Astronomy Department in Stockholm back in 2007. He then went for two postdocs, first at the Observatory of the University of Geneva, and then at the Institute of Research in Astrophysics and Planetology, Toulouse, France. He is back in Stockholm and to the Oskar Klein Centre since last year.