Professor of Extragalactic astronomy
Marijn Franx examines the evolution of galaxies. The galaxies he studies are so far away, that the light takes billions of years to reach Earth. By studying these galaxies we can look back in time and see how galaxies are formed and evolved. The results are spectacular: we see huge collisions, major birth waves of star formation in some systems , and more.
Marijn Franx obtained his PhD at Leiden University with his thesis "Structure and kinematics of elliptical galaxies". He was Junior Fellow at Harvard University and was appointed to Professor in Extragalactic Astronomy at the University of Groningen in 1993. In 1998, he was appointed Professor at Leiden University. His field of research is the evolution of galaxies.
In 2010, Franx received the Spinoza Prize, the most prestigious award in Dutch science, for his work in extragalactic astronomy. Next to his work in cosmology, he is also involved in the building of the James Webb Space Telescope and the European Extremely Large Telescope.