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David Hughes

Director and Principal Investigator of the Great Millimeter Telescope, Alfonso Serrano.

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David Hughes is a Senior Researcher in the Astrophysics Coordination of the National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics (INAOE) and a member of the National System of Researchers Level 3 and the Mexican Academy of Sciences. Since August 2011, he has served as Director and Principal Investigator of the Great Millimeter Telescope (GTM) Alfonso Serrano. He has a degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and obtained a PhD in Astrophysics at the University of Central Lancashire, England in 1990. At the end of his postdoctoral studies at the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh, he arrived to INAOE in 1999 to contribute to the development of the GTM project in the technical and scientific areas. His main lines of research are the formation and evolution of distant galaxies and the active nuclei of galaxies. He is co-discoverer of the population of submilimeter galaxies, a population of the most obscured, massive and luminous galaxies in formation in the early universe. He has published 200 refereed articles with more than 12,000 citations and an H-index of 65. In 2010 he received the SCOPUS Mexico Prize in Astronomy. Dr Hughes is member of the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration that was recently awarded the Breakthrough 2020 Prize in Fundamental Physics for the publication of the first shadow image of a super massive black hole, and he has also been awarded the 2019 “Luis Rivera Terrazas” State Medal for Science and Technology in the area of Physics & Mathematics, Earth Sciences and Engineering.

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