Adjunct and Emeritus staff

Brian Boyle

BSc  Edin., PhD Durham

Adjunct Professor


Professor Brian Boyle graduated with a BSc (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh in 1982 and obtained his PhD from the University of Durham in 1986. Since then, he has held fellowships at the University of Edinburgh (1986-87), the Anglo-Australian Observatory (1988-90) and at the University of Cambridge (1990-94). He also held a prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship from 1990-94.

He commenced as Director of the Anglo-Australian Observatory in September 1996, arriving from the Royal Greenwich Observatory at Cambridge in the UK.  The AAO is one of the world’s premier astronomical facilities and over its two decades of operation has been recognised on many occasions for the excellence of its scientific output and its state-of-the-art instrumentation.  The Observatory’s telescopes are the 3.9 metre Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT), and the 1.2 metre UK Schmidt Telescope (UKST), both located on Siding Spring Mountain near Coonabarabran, about 500kms northwest of Sydney.

Professor Boyle is married with two young children and his interests are bushwalking, family camping, cricket, golf and learning to play the piano.

Research Interests

Professor Boyle’s main areas of interest are in cosmology and the properties of active galactic nuclei. He has used the AAO’s telescopes extensively during the last five years for research programs such as:

·     the cosmological distribution of quasars;

·     the clustering of faint galaxies;

·     the nature of galaxies associated with distant quasars;

·     the origin of the X-ray background;

·     the identification of distant supernovae.

He also leads an investigative team planning to use the new 2dF facility to obtain redshifts for over 30,000 quasars, with the aim of mapping the structure of the Universe on the largest scales.  Over 10000 quasar redshifts have currently been obtained for this project, making it the largest single survey for quasars yet compiled.

Recent Publications 

Professor Boyle has published over 150 scientific papers and is currently involved in many international collaborations, including those with colleagues from Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, UK and the USA. These scientific collaborations use both ground-based and space-based telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope.

  • The environments of intermediate-redshift QSOs: 0.3 < z < 0.7 (astro-ph/9911400) R. J. Smith, B. J. Boyle, S.J. Maddox MNRAS, in press

  • Radio Observations of the Hubble Deep Field South - a New Class of Radio-Luminous Galaxies? (astro-ph/9910437) R. P. Norris, A. Hopkins, R. J. Sault, R. D. Ekers, J. Ekers, F. Badia, J. Higdon, M. H. Wieringa, B. J. Boyle, R. E. Williams "Perspectives in Radio Astronomy: Imperatives at cm and m Wavelengths" (Dwingeloo: NFRA), Edited by: M.P. van Haarlem & J.M. van der Hulst, in press
  • A Spectacular Post-Starburst Quasar (astro-ph/9906052) M. S. Brotherton, Wil van Breugel, S. A. Stanford, R. J. Smith, B. J. Boyle, Lance Miller, T.Shanks, S.M.Croom, Alexei V. Filippenko 1999, ApJ, 520, 87

  • Faint UBVRI CCD sequences for wide-field surveys -- II. UBVR sequences at declination=-30 deg (astro-ph/9905251) Scott M. Croom, A.Ratcliffe, Q.A.Parker, T.Shanks, B.J.Boyle, R.J.Smith
    1999, MNRAS, 306, 592

  • The AGN contribution to deep submillimetre surveys and the far-infrared background (astro-ph/9903178) O. Almaini, A. Lawrence, B. J. Boyle 1999, MNRAS, 305, 65

  • Measurements of Omega and Lambda from 42 High-Redshift Supernovae (astro-ph/9812133) S.Perlmutter et al. 1999, ApJ, 517, 565

Contact Details

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Professor Boyle
Anglo-Australian Observatory
PO Box 296
Epping  NSW  2121  


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