Tim de Zeeuw

Titels Prof. dr.
Initials P.T.
Main position Hoogleraar UL
Disciplines Astronomy, astrophysics
Chair Theoretische sterrenkunde
Domain Natural Sciences and Engineering
Membership Member
Since 2006
Member of Natural Sciences and Engineering
Employed by Universiteit van Leiden
Niels Bohrweg 2, Oortgebouw (kr. 569)
2333 CA Leiden
tel.  071 527 8425
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Since 1991, Tim de Zeeuw is Professor of Theoretical Astronomy at Leiden Observatory and the Director General at ESO since 2007. 

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.