Tim de Zeeuw
Professor of Theoretical astronomy
Since 1991, Tim de Zeeuw is Professor of Theoretical Astronomy at Leiden Observatory and the Director General at ESO since 2007.
Tim de Zeeuw obtained his PhD at Leiden University and worked at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and at the California Institute of Technology. Since 1991, he is a Full Professor at the Leiden Observatory.
De Zeeuw's research concentrates on the formation, structure and dynamics of galaxies, including our own, the Milky Way. In Leiden, he led a group active in the construction of state-of-the-art dynamical models for galaxies, and their comparison to high-quality photometric and spectroscopic observations, with the aim of establishing the properties of dark matter halos around galaxies, probing the supermassive nuclear black holes, measuring the kinematics and dynamics of the different stellar populations, and ultimately understanding the process of galaxy formation.
- General Director