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Elias Brinks

Dr. Elias Brinks has a strong interest in the structure and dynamics of galaxies. He mostly focusses on nearby systems, be it dwarf or regular ones, be they isolated objects or interacting systems. Many of his studies are based on radio-astronomical observations obtained with arrays of radio telescopes, such as the Very Large Array located in New Mexico. He made several key contributions to the understanding of the structure of the interstellar medium in galaxies, confirming that the matter between the stars in gas-rich (spiral) galaxies is pushed around by supernovae, forming huge cavities surrounded by expanding shells of (neutral) gas. He is also involved in studies of interacting galaxies, especially those systems in which dwarf galaxies seem to form out of the debris of the interaction.

Elias Brinks did his graduate studies in Leiden (The Netherlands), receiving his Ph.D. for a thesis describing the hydrogen distribution of the Andromeda Nebula, Messier 31, under the guidance of Profs. Whitney W. Shane and Harry van der Laan. He then went for a postdoctoral appointment at the European Southern Observatory (Germany), followed by a Senior Research Fellowship at the Royal Greenwich Observatory (England). He next moved to America, working as an Associate Scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, where he was responsible for spectral-line observations at the Very Large Array. Since 1996 he has been a Full Professor at the recently founded Departamento de Astronomía of the Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico.