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Dr. Doug Simons

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Executive Director

Local Address: Kamuela, Hawaii, United States
1164 Bishop St. #124
Honolulu , Hawaii 96813
United States

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  • Ph.D. , astronomy
    University of Hawaii
  • B.S. , astronomy
    California Institute of Technology
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Gemini Director, Doug ..., 23 Feb 2012 [cached]
Gemini Director, Doug Simons, Steps Down. Fred Chaffee named Interim Director AURA News
Gemini Director, Doug Simons, Steps Down.
Today the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy announced that Doug Simons, Director of the Gemini Observatory, will step down at the end of his term on May 18, 2011. Appointed for a five year term in 2006, Dr. Simons has directed the Gemini Observatory through an extremely challenging period in which the nature of the Gemini partnership changed radically with the withdrawal of the United Kingdom.
Dr. Simons will take on new tasks within the Gemini Observatory that include creating a more active synergy among the Mauna Kea observatories.
Dr. Caty Pilachowski, Chair of the AURA Board, said " Doug has been a tremendous asset for AURA and I look forward to his continued contributions in Gemini.
AURA and Gemini Observatory Announce New Director | SpaceRef - Your Space Reference, 20 Feb 2006 [cached]
Dr. Douglas A. Simons has been appointed the next director of the Gemini Observatory effective June 1, 2006.
"I am thrilled that Doug will continue to move Gemini forward to become the leading ground-based astronomical observatory with this appointment," said AURA President Dr. Bill Smith.
Dr. Simons is preceded by Professor Jean-Ren¨¦ Roy who has been the acting director after Gemini's former director of almost 11 years, Dr. Matt Mountain, took the directorship at the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute on September 1st 2005.
Dr. Simons obtained a Ph. D. in astronomy from the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy in Honolulu in 1994.He then joined the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation (CFHT) on the Big Island as resident astronomer.In 1994, he came to the Gemini Observatory where he has served as Gemini's Associate Director for Development, overseeing the observatory's world-class instrument program.Dr. Simons played a leading role in steering the "Aspen Process" that defined the future generation of Gemini instruments and in implementing this ambitious instrumentation program.
"It's an enormous pleasure, after participating in the construction of the Gemini 8 m telescopes, to now guide the Gemini Observatory into its next great phase - a mission of scientific discovery.Steering the flag-ship of the fleet in ground based infrared astronomy is truly the opportunity of a lifetime," said Simons
In addition to Doug's professional background in astronomy (infrared studies of brown dwarfs and the Galactic center) and infrared instrumentation, his young family (his wife Judy and 3 children, Kristie, Chris and Jacob), extensive fine woodworking projects and bird hunting augment his days that typically begin well before sunrise."Doug is strongly committed to the observatory, its multinational partnership and its user community.
Maunakea Management Board | Office of Mauna Kea Management [cached]
Douglas Simons - Douglas Simons is the Executive Director for the Canada-France-Hawai`i Telescope (CFHT) on Maunakea. After receiving his Ph.D. in astronomy from the Institute of Astronomy at UH Manoa, he began working as a staff astronomer for the CFHT. He later joined the Gemini 8-meter telescope project as a systems scientist and eventually was named manager of Gemini's instrument development program. In 2006, he was appointed Director of Gemini, but in 2012, he returned to CFHT as its executive director. He has devoted countless hours of volunteer service to the Waiakea Elementary and High schools and serves as guest lecturer in the classroom on astronomy and other science fields. He has been an advocate for the University's management of Maunakea including providing supporting testimony on the Comprehensive Management Plan, and has volunteered on several occasions with the Office of Maunakea Management's volunteer invasive weed pulls at Halepohaku. Dr.Simons presents a balanced perspective of advancing astronomy on Maunakea with an approach that does minimal harm to the resources.
CFHT Executive Director, Doug ..., 12 June 2014 [cached]
CFHT Executive Director, Doug Simons (
cc: David Lassner, President, University ..., 12 April 2015 [cached]
cc: David Lassner, President, University of Hawaii; Office of Hawaiian Affairs; Newsdesk Honolulu Star-Advertiser; Institute of Astronomy, University of Hawai'i; Caltech Astronomy; Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; Heidi Hammell, Executive Vice President, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy; Robert Lindsey, Chairperson, Office of Hawaiian Affair; US State Department; Honorable Shan S. Tsutsui, Lieutenant Governor; Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard; Doug Simons, Executive Director, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope; Sandra Faber, Lick Observatory; Alex Filippenko, Professor of Astronomy, University of California Berkeley; Maria Mitchell Association
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