UH Institute for Astronomy (IfA) researcher R. Brent Tully and IfA director Dr. Günther Hasinger
HONOLULU - UH Institute for Astronomy (IfA) researcher R. Brent Tully made world news when he identified the full extent of our home supercluster of 100 thousand galaxies and named it Laniakea.
The recipient of numerous prestigious astronomical awards, he
has chosen to build on IfA's global prominence by using $264,000 of his
prize money to establish the R. Brent Tully Distinguished Visitors Endowed Fund for the Institute for Astronomy
Hasinger concluded, "We are most grateful to Brent
for his vision and incredible generosity."
R. Brent Tully was born in Toronto, Canada, on March 9, 1943, and grew up in Vancouver, Canada.
He received Bachelors and Doctoral degrees from the universities of British Columbia and Maryland.
Following graduation, he
took a year off to go around the world, before settling in the south of France for two years as a postdoctoral fellow.
It was during that period that he
was involved in the publication of what became known as the "Tully-Fisher Relation", a method for determining the distances to galaxies, and thus the scale and age of the universe.
Immediately afterward, Tully joined the faculty at the University of Hawai'i, where he has built his career over forty years.
interests have focused on the nature of the large-scale structure of the universe, by examining how galaxies form and gather together through the gravitational influence of mysterious dark matter.
Over the years he
has been involved in efforts to map the near part of the universe.
This work culminated in the identification of the full extent of our home supercluster of 100 thousand galaxies that he
named the Laniakea Supercluster.
"Some of the most exciting, energizing times in science arise when colleagues meet face-to-face," said Dr. Brent Tully
He continued, "It is easy to get people to come to Hawai'i, both for our facilities and the natural bounty, when the financial burden is not too great.
If I help people from around the world to talk to each other then I am content."
has been recognized by a University of Hawai'i
Regent's Medal for Excellence in Research, a University of Maryland Distinguished Alumnus Award
, the Wempe Award of the Leibnitz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam, Germany
, the Viktor Ambartsumian International Prize, Armenia, and the Gruber Prize in Cosmology.