“I’ve wanted be an astronomer since I was 11 years old”

This series of posts will be introducing everyone that is working with David Sobral this summer, in a hope to make XGAL even more accessible! Keep an eye on this page for the rest of them because the XGAL team is full of interesting individuals with very cool research!

Long Term XGAL member and passionate astronomer João Calhau tells us this when asked about how he ended up studying astrophysics/astronomy. He met David Sobral, head of the XGAL team, whilst doing a Masters’ Research Fellowship with him at Lisbon Observatory and has been in the XGAL team since its creation, having finished his PhD this year and officially becoming Dr. João Calhau last month.  

This summer João is working on x-ray/radio analysis of galaxies in the VIS3COS cluster, whilst applying for post doc positions and job hunting across Europe from his family home in sunny Alentejo, Portugal. During his PhD at Lancaster University João looked at the joint evolution of supermassive black holes and their host galaxies however he is now working with Ana Afonso and David Sobral on constraining SED fitting in the FIR with 850 micrometers for SC4K.  

João’s long-time hero and famous astronomer Carl Sagan said “We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself”, João has been working on making sure the cosmos knows itself for years now, but if he wasn’t doing astronomy he’d be doing arts (in particular digital art), another of his long term passions.  

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