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'Philip Massey Montage'

Philip Massey

"I decided to become an astronomer in fifth grade, after looking at Saturn
through a friend's little 2-inch refractor. I still find it incredible that I get paid for doing this."

Phil Massey then went on
to get his B.S. and M.S. from Caltech (1975) and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado (1980). He spent a pleasant three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (Victoria, BC). He joined the staff of Kitt Peak National Observatory in 1984 as a staff astronomer, and spent many years there helping to look after optical spectroscopy and imaging, and in more recent years the 4-m Mayall telescope. He was privileged to join the staff of Lowell Observatory in 2000 as a staff astronomer.

Phil's research involves the study of massive stars, using nearby galaxies as the laboratories for probing the effects that metallicity and other environmental factors have on the evolution of stars. For this work he has long used HST, in addition to a wide variety of ground-based telescope and instrumentation. He is the principal investigator of an "NOAO Survey team" studying the stellar content of nearby galaxies.

KPNO 4m Mayall Telescope Images Courtesy NOAO/AURA/NSF