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Prof Allan Willis
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Appointment
  • Emeritus Professor of Astronomy
  • Dept of Physics & Astronomy
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
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Research Summary

My research interests have largely involved the investigation of the most massive and luminous hot stars in galaxies, together with studies of the gas and dust in the interstellar medium. Particular emphasis has been placed on studying the physical and chemical nature of Wolf-Rayet stars, their mass loss properties and evolutionary status. This has involved spectroscopic studies in many wavebands using both space satellites and ground-based telescopes, notably in the ultraviolet (using the IUE satellite), in the X-ray domain (using the ROSAT and ASCA satellites), in the mid-infrared (using the ISO satellite) and in the optical using telescopes at the Anglo Australian Observatory and the La Palma observatory.

Appointments
1995 Professor of Astronomy Physics & Astronomy UCL, United Kingdom
1990 – 1995 Reader in Astronomy Physics & Astronomy UCL, United Kingdom
1984 – 1992 Royal Society University Research Fellow Physics & Astronomy UCL, United Kingdom
1979 – 1984 SERC Advanced Research Fellow Physics & Astronomy UCL, United Kingdom
1976 – 1979 SERC Postdoctoral Research Assistant Physics & Astronomy UCL, United Kingdom
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