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.