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Bob McLaren - Biography

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Bob McLaren grew up in the town of Watford, in southwestern Ontario (Canada). He studied physics at the University of Toronto, obtaining a Ph.D. in the field of laser spectroscopy in 1973. He then spent two years at the University of California at Berkeley as a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow. It was during this period, that he reoriented his research interests from laboratory physics to infrared astronomy. In 1975 he returned to Toronto to take up a staff position in the Department of Astronomy.

In 1982, Dr. McLaren took a leave of absence from Toronto and came with his family to the Big Island to work at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, whose headquarters are in Waimea. He was first a staff astronomer and later served terms as Associate Director and Executive Director of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation.

In August 1990, Dr. McLaren moved to Manoa, where he took up his present position as Associate Director, Mauna Kea Division of the University of Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy. His main work is the implementation of the University's plan for the astronomical development and utilization of Mauna Kea. This involves liaison with existing and proposed new telescope facilities, the planning and execution of infrastructure improvements, and the preservation of the unique qualities of the Mauna Kea site. Since July 1, 1997, Dr. McLaren has been serving as Interim Director of the Institute.

Dr. McLaren's research interests continue to lie in the field of infrared astronomy. Most recently he has worked on a project to redetermine the distances to nearby galaxies by measuring the infrared brightness of Cepheid variable stars within these galaxies.

Dr. McLaren is a member of the American Astronomical Society, the Canadian Astronomical Society and the International Astronomical Union. He has served on the Associate Committee on Astronomy of the National Research Council of Canada and on the Scientific Advisory Council of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation. He currently serves on the Boards of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation and the Gemini 8-Meter Telescopes Project.


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