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Department of Physics

Staff profile

Prof Simon Morris, BSc (Physics, Durham), Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics (Cambridge), PhD (Astronomy, Cambridge)

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Professor and Head of the Department of Physics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43637
Room number: 5

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1984-1985 Steward Observatory, University of Arizona, Lindemann Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship.

1985-1987 Steward Observatory, University of Arizona, SERC/NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship.

1987-1992 The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Los Angeles, California, Research Associate (member of HST Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph (GHRS) team).

1989 On the final shortlist for the US Astronaut program.

1992-1993 SERC Advanced Fellowship, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge.

1993-1999 Associate Research Officer, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, Victoria, BC.

2000 Senior Research Officer, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, Victoria, BC.

2001-2006 Reader, Physics Department, University of Durham

2006-Present Professor, Physics Department, University of Durham

Research Groups

  • Centre for Advanced Instrumentation
  • Centre for Advanced Instrumentation


Conference Paper

  • Bacon, Roland, Bauer, Svend-Marian, Bower, Richard, Cabrit, Sylvie, Cappellari, Michele, Carollo, Marcella, Combes, Francoise, Davies, Roger L., Delabre, Bernard, Dekker, Hans, Devriendt, Julien, Djidel, Slimane, Duchateau, Michel, Dubois, Jean-Pierre, Emsellem, Eric, Ferruit, Pierre, Franx, Marijn, Gilmore, Gerard F., Guiderdoni, Bruno, Henault, Francois, Hubin, Norbert, Jungwiert, Bruno, Kelz, Andreas, Le Louarn, Miska, Lewis, Ian J., Lizon, Jean-Louis, McDermid, Richard, Morris, Simon L., Laux, Uwe, Le Fèvre, Olivier, Lantz, Blandine, Lilly, Simon, Lynn, James, Pasquini, Luca, Pecontal, Arlette, Pinet, Patrick, Popovic, Dan, Quirrenbach, Andreas, Reiss, Roland, Roth, Martin M., Steinmetz, Matthias, & Stuik, Remko, Wisotzki, Luc and de Zeeuw, P. Tim (2004), The second-generation VLT instrument MUSE: science drivers and instrument design, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy. Edited by Alan F. M. Moorwood and Iye Masanori. Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 5492, pp. 1145-1149 (2004) 5492: 1145-1149.
  • Rutten, René G., Clark, Paul, Myers, Richard M., Wilson, Richard W., Bingham, Richard G., Emsellem, Eric, Gregory, Thomas, Humphreys, Ronald A., Knapen, Johan, Moretto, Gilberto, Morris, Simon L., & and Talbot, Gordon (2003), Facility class Rayleigh beacon AO system for the 4.2m William Herschel telescope, Adaptive Optical System Technologies II. Edited by Wizinowich, Peter L.; Bonaccini, Domenico. Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 4839, pp. 360-369 (2003) 4839: 360-369.
  • Content, Robert, Morris, Simon L. & Dubbeldam, Cornelis M. (2003), Microslices and low-cost spectrographs for million element integral field spectrographs, in Atad-Ettedgui, Eli & D'Odorico, Sandro eds, Proceedings of the SPIE 4842: Specialized Optical Developments in Astronomy. 174-182.
  • Morris, Simon, Content, Robert, Sharples, Ray, Bower, Richard, Davies, Roger & Baugh, Carlton (2002), A Million Element Integral Field Unit (MEIFU), Scientific Drivers for ESO Future VLT/VLTI Instrumentation Proceedings of the ESO Workshop held in Garching, Germany, 11-15 June, 2001 ESO Workshop. Garching, Germany, Springer, 99-107.
  • Sharples, R., Morris, S. & Content, R. (2002), MEIFU - A Million Element Integral Field Unit for Deep Ly-α Searches, Next Generation Wide-Field Multi-Object Spectroscopy. ASP Conf. Ser 280: 125-.
  • Yee, H.K.C., Sawicki, M.J., Carlberg, R.G., Lin, H., Morris, S.L., Patton, D.R., Wirth, G.D., Shepherd, C.W., Ellingson, D., Schade, D. & Marzke, R. (1998), The CNOC2 Field Galaxy Redshift Survey, in Andersen, J. eds, Highlights of Astronomy, volume 11A 11A: Highlights of Astronomy. Kyoto, Japan, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht London, 460-463.

Conference Proceeding

Doctoral Thesis

  • Morris, SL (1984). Emission line studies of active galaxies. PhD.

Journal Article

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Advanced Instrumentation: Astronomical Instrumentation
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics: Galaxy Formation

Selected Grants

  • 2013: A programme of astronomical instrumentation and high energy astrophysics at Durham 2013-2015 (£961829.80 from STFC)
  • 2013: UK Programme for the European Extremely Large Telescope - Additional Support 13-14 (£192886.00 from STFC)
  • 2013: UK Programme for the European Extremely Large Telescope 13-15 (£347693.00 from STFC)
  • 2012: European Extremely Large telescope (E-ELT) - EAGLE delta Phase A study (£19642.00 from European Southern Observatory)
  • 2011: CANARY equipment funding (£122434.00 from STFC)
  • 2011: UK Programme for the European Extremely Large Telescope (£1091167.47 from STFC)
  • 2010: CANARY Phase A/B Capability (£45000.00 from STFC)
  • 2010: Royal Society International Travel Grant: The Relationship between gas and galaxies (£2500.00 from The Royal Society)
  • 2010: UK E-ELT EAGLE (£45000.00 from STFC)
  • 2010: UK Role in the European Extremely Large Telescope - CANARY Phase B (£543311.48 from STFC)
  • 2009: Design and development for EAGLE and CANARY (£270111.00 from UK AstronomyTechnology Centre)
  • 2008: UK Role in the European Extremely Large Telescope (£228377.55 from UK AstronomyTechnology Centre)
  • 2007: ESO EAGLE Phase A Study (£72608.04 from ESO - European Org. for Astronomical Research)
  • 2006: Extremely large telescope Design studies for durha (£127572.61 from Pparc)
  • 2005: ELT Design Study (£74745.00 from European Commission)