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IfA Publications

For immediate release
March 1, 2006


Mrs. Karen Rehbock
Assistant to the Director
Institute for Astronomy
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Rolf-Peter Kudritzki, Director
Institute for Astronomy
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

Dr. Douglas Simons
Gemini Observatory


Institute for Astronomy
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New Gemini Observatory Director is UH Graduate

The new director of the Gemini Observatory will be Dr. Douglas A. Simons, an alumnus of the University of Hawaii. Gemini operates two 8-meter telescopes, one on Mauna Kea and one in Chile.

Dr. Simons will succeed Professor Jean-René Roy, who has been the acting director since September 2005.

Dr. Simons received his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy in 1990. In 1994, he joined the Gemini Observatory, where has been overseeing its world-class instrument development program. Dr. Rolf-Peter Kudritzki, director of the UH Institute for Astronomy, remarked, "Hawaii can be very proud that the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, the organization that oversees the Gemini Observatory, chose an astronomer who not only lives in Hawaii, but was trained here as well. The IfA has built several advanced instruments for the Gemini Telescope in the past few years, and we look forward to working with Dr. Simons and maintaining this strong collaboration."

Dr. Simons' wife, Judy, is also a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa and worked at the Institute for Astronomy from 1986 to 1988.

For the AURA press release and a high-resolution image of Dr. Simons:

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