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Luis C. HoChair Professor

Dr. Ho obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1995 from the University of California at Berkeley. He was a Harvard-Smithsonian CfA Postdoctoral Fellow from 1995 to 1998. Since 2000, Dr. Ho has been a full professor of the Carnegie Observatories. Since 2014, Dr. Ho has held a University Chair Professor of Peking University under the Qian Ren recruitment plan, and the director of the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics. Dr. Ho’s research covers a number of different, but interrelated areas, using all available observational techniques ranging from radio to X-ray energies. The main topics of his recent work include: physics of active galaxies, including excitation mechanism of emission-line regions, accretion disk models, and jets; search for massive black holes, from star clusters to the centers of galaxies; black hole-galaxy connection; galaxy structure and the origin of the Hubble sequence. Dr. Ho’s research has resulted 551 publications, with a total citation around 28,000 and an h-index over 80. Dr. Ho serves on numerous national and international advisory committees. Over the past few years he has organized 40 major scientific meetings world-wide, and has given over 150 major invited talks and lectures. Dr. Ho has also been very actively involved, in different capacities, in helping to develop astronomy throughout China.

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