James Dunlop (astronomer)

James Scott Dunlop FRS FRSE FInstP[3][4] is a Scottish astronomer and academic. He is Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy at the Institute for Astronomy, an institute within the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh.[1][5]

Jim Dunlop

Jim Dunlop at the Royal Society admissions day in London in 2016
James Scott Dunlop
Alma mater
Scientific career
ThesisThe high-redshift evolution of radio galaxies and quasars (1987)

Education and early life

Dunlop was born and raised on the Clyde coast. He studied physics at the University of Dundee, before moving to the University of Edinburgh where he was awarded a PhD in astrophysics in 1988 for research on redshift in radio galaxies and quasars.[6]

Career and research

After seven years working in England (where he helped establish the astrophysics group at Liverpool John Moores University[2]) he returned to Edinburgh[when?] and has worked at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh ever since[when?], apart from two periods in Vancouver. From 2004-2008 and 2013-2019 he was Head of the University of Edinburgh's Institute for Astronomy (IfA), and in 2019 he became Head of Edinburgh's School of Physics & Astronomy.[3]

Dunlop is an observational cosmologist who uses the world's largest telescopes (including telescopes in space such as the Hubble Space Telescope[7]) to study the chronology of the universe back to the formation and birth of the first galaxies.[3] His research has been funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC),[8] a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award and the European Research Council.[3]

His doctoral students have included Rebecca Bowler,[9] Victoria Bruce,[10] Maciej Koprowski,[11] Henry Pearce,[12] Alexander Rogers[13] and Anita Schael.[14]

Awards and honours

Dunlop was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2016,[3] a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP),[when?] and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) in 2007.[4] He received the George Darwin Lectureship in 2014 and the Herschel Medal in 2016, both from the Royal Astronomical Society.[3]


  1. James Dunlop publications indexed by Google Scholar
  2. Dunlop, James Scott (1996). "High Redshift Radio Galaxies". Examining the Big Bang and Diffuse Background Radiations. pp. 79–87. doi:10.1007/978-94-009-0145-2_8. ISBN 9780792338154.
  3. Anon (2016). "Professor James S. Dunlop FRS". London: Royal Society royalsociety.org. Archived from the original on 29 April 2016. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the royalsociety.org website where:
    "All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence." --"Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies". Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. "Royal Society of Edinburgh Fellows as of 2016-05-13" (PDF). Edinburgh: Royal Society of Edinburgh royalsoced.org.uk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 March 2016.
  5. James Dunlop publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  6. Dunlop, James Scott (1987). The high-redshift evolution of radio galaxies and quasars (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. OCLC 22336169. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.381665.
  7. Hughes, David H.; Serjeant, Stephen; Dunlop, James; Rowan-Robinson, Michael; Blain, Andrew; Mann, Robert G.; Ivison, Rob; Peacock, John; Efstathiou, Andreas; Gear, Walter; Oliver, Seb; Lawrence, Andy; Longair, Malcolm; Goldschmidt, Pippa; Jenness, Tim (1998). "High-redshift star formation in the Hubble Deep Field revealed by a submillimetre-wavelength survey". Nature. 394 (6690): 241–247. arXiv:astro-ph/9806297. Bibcode:1998Natur.394..241H. doi:10.1038/28328.
  8. "UK Government grants awarded to James Dunlop". Swindon: Research Councils UK rcuk.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 25 September 2015.
  9. Bowler, Rebecca Alison Andrews (2015). Evolution of bright star-forming galaxies in the first billion years (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. hdl:1842/10476. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.656206.
  10. Bruce, Victoria Ashley (2014). Massive galaxies at 1 < z < 3 (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. hdl:1842/8847. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.615434.
  11. Koprowski, Maciej Piotr (2015). (Sub)millimetre-selected galaxies and the cosmic star-formation history (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. hdl:1842/15788. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.684053.
  12. Pearce, Henry James (2012). Massive galaxies at high redshift (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. hdl:1842/6228. .
  13. Rogers, Alexander Bernard (2014). Stellar populations of the first galaxies (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.635874.
  14. Schael, Anita M. (2009). The star-formation history of massive galaxies (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. hdl:1842/3126. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.562376.