Robert Minchin

Robert Minchin

Instrument Scientist

Phone: (650) 604-2196
Fax: (650) 604-1984

Mailing Address:
SOFIA Science Center
NASA Ames Research Center
Mail Stop N232-12
P.O. Box 1
Moffett Field, CA 94035

SOFIA focus areas/responsibilities:

Instrument scientist for FIFI-LS and tertiary instrument scientist for GREAT

Research interests:

Ordinary galaxies and their interstellar medium
Gas outside of galaxies


PhD: Cardiff University 2001, (PhD Advisor Mike Disney)
MSci Durham University 1997

Professional Experience:

2018 - present:   Sr Scientist, Astronomy, SOFIA Science Center (USRA)
2015 – 2018:      Group Lead for Radio Astronomy, Arecibo Observatory (USRA)
2011 – 2015:      Staff Scientist, Arecibo Observatory (USRA)
2008 – 2011:      Staff Scientist, Arecibo Observatory (Cornell)
2005 – 2015:      Postdoc, Arecibo Observatory (Cornell)
2001 – 2005:   Postdoc, Cardiff University

Highlight publications:

Can the Discrepancy between Locally and Globally Derived Neutral Hydrogen Mass Functions be Explained by a Varying Value of M?
Minchin R. F., 2017, ApJ, 847, 49

The Arecibo Galaxy Environment Survey. III. Observations Toward the Galaxy Pair NGC 7332/7339 and the Isolated Galaxy NGC 1156.
Minchin R.F. et al., 2010, AJ, 140, 1093

HIDEEP - an extragalactic blind survey for very low column-density neutral hydrogen.
Minchin R.F. et al., 2003, MNRAS, 346, 787.

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