Simon Driver


  • The University of Western Australia (M468), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 9681 Citations
  • 51 h-Index
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Simon Driver is an astronomer studying the evolution of mass, energy and structure, from the Big Bang to the present day. He attained his PhD from the then University of Wales College of Cardiff in Astrophysics in 1994, and held Research Associate/Fellow positions at Arizona State University, the University of New South Wales, and the Australian National University. He then spent 7 years at the University of St Andrews as Lecturer, Reader, Professor and Observatory Director. In 2011 he relocated to UWA as Winthrop Research Professor within the then School of Physics, and now heads the Multi-wavelength and Spectroscopic Surveys group within the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR). His research combines (federates) data from space-based imaging (using ESA and NASA space telescopes), and ground-based imaging and spectroscopics facilities in Australia and Chile. He uses these data to build up an empirical blueprint of the evolution of mass, energy and structure from the era of the Big Bang 13.7billion years ago to the present data. As part of this process he leads large international teams of astronomers through the Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) and Wide Area VISTA Extragalactic Surveys (WAVES). In coming years he will be icnporatin data from a number of notable missions on which he has guaranteed time including eROSITA, Euclid and JWST. He currently serves as a member of the Australian Research Council's College of Experts.

Roles and responsibilities

Head of Multi-wavelength and Spectroscopic Surveys at ICRAR

Principal Investigator: Galaxy And Mass Assembly:

Principal Investigator: Wide-Area VISTA Extragalactic Survey:

Australian Research Council: College of Experts

Anglo-Australian Telescope: Council member

European Southern Observatory 4-metre Multi-Object Spectroscopic Telescope: Executive, STSC, and SCB member


Professor Driver has published over 280 refereed papers in main stream journals gathering over 22,000 citations.

Notable research programs include:

The Hubble Space Telescope Medium Deep Survey (HST MDS)

The two-degree field galaxy redshift survey (2dFGRS)

The VIsta Kilo-degree INfrared Galaxy Survey (VIKING)

The Galaxy And Mass Assembly Survey (GAMA)

The Herschel-ATLAS survey (HAtlas)

The Deep Extra-galactic VIsible Legacy Survey (DEVILS)

The Wide Area VISTA Extra-galactic Survey (WAVES)

Euclid Legacy Science Program

JWST Interdisciplinary Scientist programm


  • Cosmology
  • Extragalactic astronomy
  • Astronomical databases

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Projects 2012 2023

Research Output 2005 2018

  • 9681 Citations
  • 51 h-Index
  • 187 Article
  • 5 Conference paper
  • 1 Review article
10 Citations

Galaxy And Mass Assembly: The G02 field, Herschel-ATLAS target selection and data release 3

Baldry, I. K., Liske, J., Brown, M. J. I., Robotham, A. S. G., Driver, S. P., Dunne, L., Alpaslan, M., Brough, S., Cluver, M. E., Eardley, E., Farrow, D. J., Heymans, C., Hildebrandt, H., Hopkins, A. M., Kelvin, L. S., Loveday, J., Moffett, A. J., Norberg, P., Owers, M. S., Taylor, E. N. & 22 othersWright, A. H., Bamford, S. P., Bland-Hawthorn, J., Bourne, N., Bremer, M. N., Colless, M., Conselice, C. J., Croom, S. M., Davies, L. J. M., Foster, C., Grootes, M. W., Holwerda, B. W., Jones, D. H., Kafle, P. R., Kuijken, K., Lara-Lopez, M. A., López-Sánchez, R., Meyer, M. J., Phillipps, S., Sutherland, W. J., van Kampen, E. & Wilkins, S. M., 1 Mar 2018, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 474, 3, p. 3875-3888 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
equatorial regions
2 Citations

Galaxy and mass assembly (gama): Impact of the group environment on galaxy star formation

Barsanti, S., Owers, M. S., Brough, S., Davies, L. J. M., Driver, S. P., Gunawardhana, M. L. P., Holwerda, B. W., Liske, J., Loveday, J., Pimbblet, K. A., Robotham, A. S. G. & Taylor, E. N., 10 Apr 2018, In : Astrophysical Journal. 857, 1, 71.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

star formation

Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): Accurate number densities and environments of massive ultra-compact galaxies at 0.02 < z < 0.3

Buitrago, F., Ferreras, I., Kelvin, L. S., Baldry, I. K., Davies, L., Angthopo, J., Khochfar, S., Hopkins, A. M., Driver, S. P., Brough, S., Sabater, J., Conselice, C. J., Liske, J., Holwerda, B. W., Bremer, M. N., Phillipps, S., López-Sánchez, A. R. & Graham, A. W., 1 Nov 2018, In : Astronomy and Astrophysics. 619, A137.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

compact galaxies
5 Citations

Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): Morphological transformation of galaxies across the green valley

Bremer, M. N., Phillipps, S., Kelvin, S., De Propris, R., Kennedy, R., Moffett, A. J., Bamford, S., Davies, L. J. M., Driver, S. P., Häußler, B., Holwerda, B., Hopkins, A., James, P. A., Liske, J., Percival, S. & Taylor, N., 1 May 2018, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 476, 1, p. 12-26 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
star formation
1 Citations

Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): Small-scale anisotropic galaxy clustering and the pairwise velocity dispersion of galaxies

Loveday, J., Christodoulou, L., Norberg, P., Peacock, J. A., Baldry, I. K., Bland-Hawthorn, J., Brown, M. J. I., Colless, M., Driver, S. P., Holwerda, B. W., Hopkins, A. M., Kafle, P. R., Liske, J., Lopez-Sanchez, A. R. & Taylor, E. N., 1 Mar 2018, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 474, 3, p. 3435-3450 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
galactic evolution