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John Blakeslee

John Blakeslee

(Johns Hopkins University/Washington State)

John Blakeslee has worked extensively with data from the Hubble Space Telescope and large ground-based observatories. His research interests include galaxy clustering, gravitational lensing, large-scale motions in the universe, and the stellar content of galaxies.

Blakeslee did his undergraduate work in physics at the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied the properties of the rich star clusters systems which populate the halo regions of massive galaxies in dense environments. He also worked on problems related to the extragalactic distance scale. He then spent a three-year research fellowship at the California Institute of Technology, using the William Keck telescopes in Hawaii and Palomar Observatory in California, followed by a year at the University of Durham in England.

Blakeslee joined the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) science team at Johns Hopkins University as a research scientist in October 2000. Installed on the Hubble Space Telescope in March 2002, the Advanced Camera has increased the imaging power of Hubble by an order of magnitude. Blakeslee wrote much of the data analysis pipeline that has been used to process the ACS science team's Guaranteed Time Observations program, and has used the ACS to study the properties and evolution of galaxies and clusters over most of the age of the universe. He joins the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Washington State University in August 2005.

John Blakeslee's collaborators: The science team for this image release includes J.P. Blakeslee (JHU), K.C. Zekser, and N. Benitez (JHU), M. Franx (STScI), R. L. White (JHU/STScI), H.C. Ford (JHU), R.J. Bouwens (Lick Obs./UCSC), L. Infante (U. Catolica de Chile), N.J. Cross (JHU), G.Hertling (U. Catolica de Chile), B.P. Holden and G.D. Illingworth (Lick Obs./UCSC), V. Motta (U. Catolica de Chile), F. Menanteau and G.R. Meurer (JHU), M. Postman (JHU/STScI), P. Rosati (ESO), and W. Zheng (JHU).