I have been an astrophysicist for over 35 years. My core research interest is the empirical investigation of giant black holes that are found in the centres of distant galaxies. I believe that nurturing learning environments pave the way towards excellence. While acutely aware of my privilege of being paid to be fascinated by the universe, I am continually amazed that the amateur astronomers often stand out as the impassioned ones….
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My science questions are focused on the phenomenology of accreting supermassive black holes, and I gather and use data from telescopes that operate at radio, infrared, optical, ultraviolet, X-ray and gamma-ray frequencies.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” – Martin Luther King
A guide for youngsters considering a career in astrophysics
(I wrote this for a special annual issue on careers of The Hindu in 2012 but most of it is still relevant.)