Dr. Magnus Thomasson is an astronomer at
Onsala Space Observatory, the Swedish National Facility
for Radio Astronomy at Chalmers University of Technology,
where he teaches astronomy and space techniques.
His main research interests include the dynamics
of stars and gas in spiral and interacting galaxies,
and its relation to star formation. He has made
numerical models of the weakly interacting spiral
galaxy Messier 81, as well as models of bar-induced
mass relocation in galactic disks. He is currently
performing radio-astronomical observations of molecular
gas in spiral galaxies.
Dr. Thomasson received his Ph.D. at Chalmers University
of Technology, Sweden, under the guidance of the
late Björn Sundelius. He was then a fellow
at the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics
(NORDITA) in Copenhagen, Denmark, before joining
Onsala Space Observatory. He grew up in southern
Sweden, and attended Chalmers as an undergraduate.