Enormous Black Holes in the Centres of Galaxies

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Dr. Chris Willott

May 14, 2003
University of Victoria, Elliott Building, Room 061

Black holes are a favorite of science fiction stories, but in recent years astronomers have come to accept their existence as a natural consequence of the laws of gravity. It is now thought that all reasonably large galaxies have massive (more than a million times the mass of the sun) black holes at their centres. I will discuss the evidence for the existence of these black holes and the important roles they play both in the way that galaxies formed and the way we observe the distant universe.

Chris is currently a Research Associate at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics. He previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford (2000-2002), the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias in the Canary Islands (1998-2000).  Chris has a PhD from University of Oxford (1995-1998).

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