(The Queen's University of Belfast)
Stephen Smartt is a Particle Physics and Astronomy
Research Council (PPARC) Advanced Fellow and University
lecturer in the Department
of Physics at The
Queen's University of Belfast. He research is
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 and later was a post-doc
at the Institute
of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge.
He was awarded a PPARC fellowship in 2001.