Prof. Sylvain Veilleux


Academic positionFull Professor
Research fieldsAstrophysics
Keywordsextragalactic astrophysics, nuclear activity in galaxies, galaxy formation and evolution, optical and infrared spectroscopy

Current contact address

CountryUnited States of America
CityCollege Park
InstitutionUniversity of Maryland at College Park
InstituteDepartment of Astronomy

Host during sponsorship

Prof. Dr. Reinhard GenzelMax-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Garching
Start of initial sponsorship01/02/2009


2008Humboldt Research Award Programme

Nominator's project description

Professor Veilleux is an international expert in observational extragalactic astrophysics. He has been leading unique imaging and spectroscopic studies of star forming, active and infrared selected galaxies in the local universe, and their evolutionary connections. These provide classical references for the study of galaxy evolution at low and high redshift. His spectroscopic classification of emission line galaxies is one of the key tools of extragalactic astronomy. In Germany, Professor Veilleux will work with area scientists on investigations of luminous galaxy mergers and active galactic nuclei, using ground-based and space observatories over the entire optical and infrared wavelength range.