The Epoch of Galaxy Formation, Durham 1988.

The previous old conference photograph I posted seemed to be quite popular, so I thought I’d try an even older vintage. This was also taken at Durham, but at a meeting entitled The Epoch of Galaxy Formation, which took place between July 18th and 22nd 1988. Appropriately enough, this one is in glorious monochrome. Spot any familiar faces?

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18 Responses to “The Epoch of Galaxy Formation, Durham 1988.”

  1. Richard Ellis, Carlos Frenk, Martin Rees, Peter Coles, Howard Yee(?), Tom Shanks, Simon White, Jim Peebles, Bernard Carr/Paddy Leahy/Roy Harper (have you ever seen them together?), Maarten Schmidt, Bernard Jones.

    I know I’ve seen the chap between Richard Ellis and Carlos Frenk but one row back (with the thick-frame glasses and Bill Haley forehead curl) but the name escapes me now.

    Do we have the famous writer John D. Barrow to our right of Peter Coles?

    Who’s the new-wave singer with big hair and pentagonal sunglasses?

    Who are the two men with glasses to our right of Maarten Schmidt and the woman to the right of them?

  2. Steve Warren Says:

    Wake up Phillip:
    Neil Tanvir, Neal Katz, Jim Gunn, Tod Lauer, Garth Illingworth, Josh Barnes, Paul Shapiro, David Vals-Gabaud, John Norris, Dave Spergel, Ken Freeman, Alan Heavens, Wal Sargent, Dick Bond, Hy Spinrad, Joe Silk, Carolin Crawford, Hugh Couchman, Peter Thomas, David Weinberg, Simon Lilly, Cedric Lacey, Gus Evrard, Jeremy Allington-Smith, Roderick Johnstone, Mike Fall, Max Pettini, Richard Green, Doug Scott, Ray Carlberg, Art Wolfe, Ken Kellerman, John Lucey, Laurence Jones and ….. the one and only Dick Fong

    But the tricky ones are the ones you question: the Bill Haley look-alike is Renzo Sancisi. The lady could be Anneila Sargent (I seem to remember she was there), but the others I dunno.

    • Right, Renzo. He was in Groningen when I was there. Favourite quote: “Sometimes, I doubt even the optical.”

    • I recognize most of the names and have probably seen all of these people at some time or another, but even with the names, at a quick glance I recognize only a few for sure (Tanvir, Weinberg, Spergel). Must have a closer look.

      We really should have a website with photos like this complete with captions, probably with an outline sketch with numbers and a key.

      At the Liege gravitational-lens conference in 1993, there was a group photo and just a few weeks after the conference emails were sent out to confirm the names. Most were clear, but there was one person in the photo whom two people were absolutely sure was their image. I don’t remember if it was ever resolved. At a gravltational-lens conference, two images of one person would be OK, but not vice-versa. :-)

  3. Russell Smith Says:

    Who’s the guy with the beard behind and to our left of Peebles in this one? (He’s in the “tests of inflation” picture too.) Sure I recognise him but can’t quite place it.

  4. George Efstathiiou
    Richard Griffiths

  5. Greg Wilson Says:

    Ken Freeman and is that John Norris two from Ken’s right

  6. Steve Warren Says:

    The new-wave singer with big hair and pentagonal sunglasses is, I think, the legendary poker player Keith Ashman. And a few more: Pat McCarthy, Adrian Melott, Will Sutherland, Silvio Bonometto, and I think that’s Raja GuhaThakurta at the front.

  7. Rob Ivison Says:

    indeed – the legendary bass and poker player, Keith Ashman, with Douglas Scott not far from him.

    • telescoper Says:

      Keith Ashman was Bernard Carr’s student. He went to work at the University of Kansas and I met him there on several visits, including once in 1997 when he had a party to watch the general election results come in. Midnight in the UK being early evening Kansas time, it was ideal. I was so excited that Labour had won that I went and got a tattoo of a red rose right then. Of course the euphoria evaporated when we discovered the true nature of Blair, but it was great while it lasted.

  8. Mark McCaughrean Says:

    A bit late to this and out of my personal scientific domain, but the woman to the right (as we look) of Keith Ashman looks very much like Cathie Clarke to me. I think she was working in this field in those days, in addition to star formation.

    And at the back, framed in a window on the middle left, is Jon Gardner.

    But I don’t think the woman to the right of the two spectacled men to the right of Maarten Schmidt is Anneila Sargent; doesn’t look like her at all.

    Then again, the compression used on the big version of the image is so strong, it borders on the impressionistic … :-)

    • telescoper Says:

      Yes, that’s definitely Cathie Clarke. I hadn’t realised she was interested in Galaxy Formation though!

      • Mark McCaughrean Says:

        Well, I had to do a quick ADS search to be sure, but yes, Cathie worked on galaxy formation back then. She was working on disks in various contexts and scales …

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