Distinguished credentials, international visibility

Acclaimed academic credentials as a sought-after, prolific public speaker


Academic Profile

Current appointment

09/2009 – present Professor of Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Peking University (China)

Honorary appointments

05/2015 – present Visiting Professor
Qiannan Normal College for Nationalities, Duyun City (Guizhou), China
04/2015 – present Discipline Scientist (Astrophysics)
International Space Science Institute--Beijing
09/2012 – present Deputy Editor
The Astrophysical Journal Letters
07/2011 – present International Scientific Publishing Advisor
International Journal of MCH and AIDS
12/2010 – present Guest professor
Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (China)
09/2002 – present (for life) Prize fellow
Hughes Hall (College), University of Cambridge (UK)

Previous appointments

04/2012 – 12/2013 Associate Director
Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Peking University (China)
06/2003 – 02/2010 Reader, Senior Lecturer, Lecturer in Astrophysics
Department of Physics & Astronomy
The University of Sheffield (UK)
11/2000 – 05/2003 Research fellow
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge (UK)
11/1997 – 10/2000 Research associate
Department of Astronomy, University of Virginia (USA)

Previous honorary appointments

02/2013 – 01/2014 Visiting Academy Professor
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
(held at Leiden University)
08/2012 – 08/2016 Director
East Asian regional office of the Office of Astronomy for Development (International Astronomical Union)
2012 Selby Fellow
Australian Academy of Science
11/2006 – 08/2012 Scientific Editor
The Astrophysical Journal
04/2011 – 03/2012 Visiting professor (distinguished international scholar)
Kyung Hee University (Republic of Korea)
03/2010 – 02/2012 Honorary Reader
Department of Physics & Astronomy
The University of Sheffield (UK)
09/2005 – 08/2009 Adjunct professor
National Astronomical Observatories (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Beijing (China)

Education

1993 – 1997 PhD in Astrophysics
University of Groningen (Netherlands)
1988 – 1992 M.Phil. in Physics & Astronomy
University of Groningen (Netherlands)

High-profile international awards

2017 Erskine Award (Fellowship)
University of Canterbury (New Zealand)
2015 Excellent Performance Award
Peking University (China)
2015 Asian Scientist Writing Prize 2015 (Merit Prize)
Asian Scientist Magazine/Science Centre Singapore
2015, 2016 Inclusion on the Elsevier/Scopus Most Highly Cited Chinese Scholars in 2014, 2015 lists
2014, 2015 Nomination, Top-10 achievement in astrophysics research in China (2013, 2014)
2013 Visiting Academy Professorship
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
2012 Selby Award (for excellence in science)
Australian Academy of Science
2007 Exceptional Contribution Award
University of Sheffield (UK)
1998 “Van Swinderen” Public Outreach Award
Royal Netherlands Physical Society

Recent press coverage

4 November 2016: Richard was interviewed for a feature article in Science on scientific careers in China
23 September 2016: Richard was interviewed for a feature article on FAST and Chinese astrophysics in the Science section of the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch)
Richard de Grijs was interviewed for a feature article in Physics World, special issue on China (September 2016), Rise of the physics powerhouse; local copy
Bringing physics to the migrant children of China, de Grijs R., 2016, Institute of Physics/IOP Life blog (3 February 2016)
Stellar Parenting: Giant Star Clusters Make New Stars by 'Adopting' Stray Cosmic Gases, Kavli Foundation press release (27 January 2016; Nature publication)
An in-depth interview with Richard de Grijs appeared in Future Magazine (December 2015, p. 28)
Richard de Grijs was invited to speak at the 15th Annual Academic Postgraduate "Lushan Forum" at Hunan Normal University on 27 November 2015. News coverage
Richard de Grijs has been awarded one of 10 Honorable Mentions by the jury of the Asian Scientist Writing Prize 2015
An in-depth interview with Richard de Grijs appeared in the EURAXESS (Researchers in Motion) June 2015 Newsletter (No. 62, p. 9); direct link
Richard de Grijs was interviewed on 11 May 2015 by CCTV America, about his work and life in China. The interview was aired on 1 June 2015.
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