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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • 11800 Citations
  • 58 h-Index
20042020

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Biography

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: http://www.gama-survey.org

Principal Investigator: Wide-Area VISTA Extragalactic Survey: http://www.wavesurvey.org

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

Research

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

Research expertise keywords

  • Cosmology
  • Extragalactic astronomy
  • Astronomical databases

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Research Output

Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): Defining passive galaxy samples and searching for the UV upturn

Phillipps, S., Ali, S. S., Bremer, M. N., de Propris, R., Sansom, A. E., Cluver, M. E., Alpaslan, M., Brough, S., Brown, M. J. I., Davies, L. J. M., Driver, S. P., Grootes, M. W., Holwerda, B. W., Hopkins, A. M., James, P. A., Pimbblet, K., Robotham, A. S. G., Taylor, E. N. & Wang, L., Feb 2020, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 492, 2, p. 2128-2139 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Methods for coherent optical Doppler orbitography

    Dix-Matthews, B. P., Schediwy, S. W., Gozzard, D. R., Driver, S., Schreiber, K. U., Carman, R. & Tobar, M., 1 Jun 2020, In : Journal of Geodesy. 94, 6, 55.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4MOST: Project overview and information for the First Call for Proposals

    de Jong, R. S., Berbel, A. A., Agertz, O., Aird, J., Alexander, D. A., Amarsi, A., Anders, F., Andrae, R., Ansarinejad, B., Ansorge, W., Antilogus, P., Anwand-Heerwart, H., Arentsen, A., Arnadottir, A., Asplund, M., Auger, M., Azais, N., Baade, D., Baker, G., Baker, S. & 318 others, Balbinot, E., Baldry, I. K., Banerji, M., Barden, S., Barklem, P., Barthélémy-Mazot, E., Battistini, C., Bauer, S., Bell, C. P. M., Bellido-Tirado, O., Bellstedt, S., Belokurov, V., Bensby, T., Bergemann, M., Bestenlehner, J. M., Bielby, R., Bilicki, M., Blake, C., Bland-Hawthorn, J., Boeche, C., Boland, W., Boller, T., Bongard, S., Bongiorno, A., Bonifacio, P., Boudon, D., Brooks, D., Brown, M. J. I., Brown, R., Brüggen, M., Brynnel, J., Brzeski, J., Buchert, T., Buschkamp, P., Caffau, E., Caillier, P., Carrick, J., Casagrande, L., Case, S., Casey, A., Cesarini, I., Cescutti, G., Chapuis, D., Chiappini, C., Childress, M., Christlieb, N., Church, R., Cioni, M. R. L., Cluver, M., Colless, M., Collett, T., Comparat, J., Cooper, A., Couch, W., Courbin, F., Croom, S., Croton, D., Daguisé, E., Dalton, G., Davies, L. J. M., Davis, T., de Laverny, P., Deason, A., Dionies, F., Disseau, K., Doel, P., Döscher, D., Driver, S. P., Dwelly, T., Eckert, D., Edge, A., Edvardsson, B., Youssoufi, D. E., Elhaddad, A., Enke, H., Erfanianfar, G., Farrell, T., Fechner, T., Feiz, C., Feltzing, S., Ferreras, I., Feuerstein, D., Feuillet, D., Finoguenov, A., Ford, D., Fotopoulou, S., Fouesneau, M., Frenk, C., Frey, S., Gaessler, W., Geier, S., Fusillo, N. G., Gerhard, O., Giannantonio, T., Giannone, D., Gibson, B., Gillingham, P., González-Fernández, C., Gonzalez-Solares, E., Gottloeber, S., Gould, A., Grebel, E. K., Gueguen, A., Guiglion, G., Haehnelt, M., Hahn, T., Hansen, C. J., Hartman, H., Hauptner, K., Hawkins, K., Haynes, D., Haynes, R., Heiter, U., Helmi, A., Aguayo, C. H., Hewett, P., Hinton, S., Hobbs, D., Hoenig, S., Hofman, D., Hook, I., Hopgood, J., Hopkins, A., Hourihane, A., Howes, L., Howlett, C., Huet, T., Irwin, M., Iwert, O., Jablonka, P., Jahn, T., Jahnke, K., Jarno, A., Jin, S., Jofre, P., Johl, D., Jones, D., Jönsson, H., Jordan, C., Karovicova, I., Khalatyan, A., Kelz, A., Kennicutt, R., King, D., Kitaura, F., Klar, J., Klauser, U., Kneib, J. P., Koch, A., Koposov, S., Kordopatis, G., Korn, A., Kosmalski, J., Kotak, R., Kovalev, M., Kreckel, K., Kripak, Y., Krumpe, M., Kuijken, K., Kunder, A., Kushniruk, I., Lam, M. I., Lamer, G., Laurent, F., Lawrence, J., Lehmitz, M., Lemasle, B., Lewis, J., Li, B., Lidman, C., Lind, K., Liske, J., Lizon, J. L., Loveday, J., Ludwig, H. G., McDermid, R. M., Maguire, K., Mainieri, V., Mali, S., Mandel, H., Mandel, K., Mannering, L., Martell, S., Martinez Delgado, D., Matijevic, G., McGregor, H., McMahon, R., McMillan, P., Mena, O., Merloni, A., Meyer, M. J., Michel, C., Micheva, G., Migniau, J. E., Minchev, I., Monari, G., Muller, R., Murphy, D., Muthukrishna, D., Nandra, K., Navarro, R., Ness, M., Nichani, V., Nichol, R., Nicklas, H., Niederhofer, F., Norberg, P., Obreschkow, D., Oliver, S., Owers, M., Pai, N., Pankratow, S., Parkinson, D., Paschke, J., Paterson, R., Pecontal, A., Parry, I., Phillips, D., Pillepich, A., Pinard, L., Pirard, J., Piskunov, N., Plank, V., Plüschke, D., Pons, E., Popesso, P., Power, C., Pragt, J., Pramskiy, A., Pryer, D., Quattri, M., Queiroz, A. B. D. A., Quirrenbach, A., Rahurkar, S., Raichoor, A., Ramstedt, S., Rau, A., Recio-Blanco, A., Reiss, R., Renaud, F., Revaz, Y., Rhode, P., Richard, J., Richter, A. D., Rix, H. W., Robotham, A. S. G., Roelfsema, R., Romaniello, M., Rosario, D., Rothmaier, F., Roukema, B., Ruchti, G., Rupprecht, G., Rybizki, J., Ryde, N., Saar, A., Sadler, E., Sahlén, M., Salvato, M., Sassolas, B., Saunders, W., Saviauk, A., Sbordone, L., Schmidt, T., Schnurr, O., Scholz, R. D., Schwope, A., Seifert, W., Shanks, T., Sheinis, A., Sivov, T., Skúladóttir, Á., Smartt, S., Smedley, S., Smith, G., Smith, R., Sorce, J., Spitler, L., Starkenburg, E., Steinmetz, M., Stilz, I., Storm, J., Sullivan, M., Sutherland, W., Swann, E., Tamone, A., Taylor, E. N., Teillon, J., Tempel, E., ter Horst, R., Thi, W. F., Tolstoy, E., Trager, S., Traven, G., Tremblay, P. E., Tresse, L., Valentini, M., van de Weygaert, R., van den Ancker, M., Veljanoski, J., Venkatesan, S., Wagner, L., Wagner, K., Walcher, C. J., Waller, L., Walton, N., Wang, L., Winkler, R., Wisotzki, L., Worley, C. C., Worseck, G., Xiang, M., Xu, W., Yong, D., Zhao, C., Zheng, J., Zscheyge, F. & Zucker, D., 2019, In : The Messenger. 175, p. 3-11 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4MOST Consortium Survey 7: Wide-Area VISTA Extragalactic Survey (WAVES)

    Driver, S. P., Liske, J., Davies, L. J. M., Robotham, A. S. G., Baldry, I. K., Brown, M. J. I., Cluver, M., Kuijken, K., Loveday, J., McMahon, R., Meyer, M. J., Norberg, P., Owers, M., Power, C., Taylor, E. N. & Team, W., Mar 2019, In : The Messenger. 175, p. 46-49 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • ASKAP commissioning observations of the GAMA 23 field

    Leahy, D. A., Hopkins, A. M., Norris, R. P., Marvil, J., Collier, J. D., Taylor, E. N., Allison, J. R., Anderson, C., Bell, M., Bilicki, M., Bland-Hawthorn, J., Brough, S., Brown, M. J. I., Driver, S., Gurkan, G., Harvey-Smith, L., Heywood, I., Holwerda, B. W., Liske, J., Lopez-Sanchez, A. R. & 8 others, McConnell, D., Moffett, A., Owers, M. S., Pimbblet, K. A., Raja, W., Seymour, N., Voronkov, M. A. & Wang, L., 19 Jul 2019, In : Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia. 36, e024.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Projects

    ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions

    Staveley-Smith, L., Power, C., Driver, S., Kewley, L., Wyithe, S., Sadler, E., Glazebrook, K., Jackson, C., Bland-Hawthorn, J. & Asplund, M.

    Australian Research Council

    1/01/1731/12/23

    Project: Research

    Constructing the Australian European Southern Observatory Positioner (AESOP)

    Driver, S., Robotham, A., Couch, W., Hopkins, A. M., Asplund, M., Colless, M., Croom, S. & Blake, C.

    Australian Research Council

    1/01/1631/12/16

    Project: Research

    Constructing the Australian European Southern Observatory Positioner (AESOP)

    Driver, S., Robotham, A., Couch, W., Hopkins, A. M., Asplund, M., Colless, M., Croom, S. & Blake, C.

    Australian Research Council

    1/01/1631/12/16

    Project: Research

    Constructing the Australian European Southern Observatory Positioner (AESOP)

    Driver, S., Robotham, A., Couch, W., Hopkins, A. M., Asplund, M., Colless, M., Croom, S. & Blake, C.

    Australian Research Council

    1/01/1631/12/16

    Project: Research