(Institute for Astronomy, University of
Stephen Smartt is a Particle Physics and Astronomy
Research Council (PPARC) Advanced Fellow at the
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge.
He works on massive stars and supernovae. In particular
he is interested in studying the final stages in
the lives of massive stars before they die. This
galaxy was observed as part of a program to directly
image the progenitors of core-collapse supernovae.
Stephen Smartt was born in Belfast and received
a Ph.D. (1996) from the Queen's University of Belfast.
He worked at the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes
in the Canary Islands as a support astronomer before
moving to Cambridge as a post-doc in 1999. He was
awarded a PPARC fellowship in 2001.
photo release from ESA.
This image was created from archival data from
HST program 9042: S. Smartt, G. Gilmore, N. Trentham,
S. Hodgekin, and C. Tout (Institute of Astronomy),
and J. Danziger (U. Trieste).