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Magnus Thomasson

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.