Title: The European Southern Observatory – Giant Optical telescopes of the present and future
Present an overview of the current ESO Optical/IR facilities in Chile and the plans for their future instrumentation, followed by a status report on the construction of the 39m E-ELT on Armazones in Chile.
Dr Adrian Russell is Director of Programmes at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Garching, Germany.
Adrian graduated from the University of Sheffield in 1983 with a 1st Class Honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, before undertaking a Ph.D. in Astronomy at the University of Cambridge (Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory), on millimetre-wave heterodyne instrumentation and molecular-line studies of outflows in star-formation regions. In 1987 he joined the Royal Observatory Edinburgh (ROE), with a three-year tour of duty as a support scientist for the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) in Hawaii.
In 1990 Adrian spent a two-year sabbatical with Professor Reinhard Genzel''s group at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, working on very high frequency submillimetre instrumentation for the JCMT. He became Head of the JCMT Instrumentation Programme at the ROE in 1992, and was UK Project Manager for the Gemini twin 8-metre telescopes project from 1995 to 2001. In 1996 he was made Deputy Director of the ROE, and became the first Director of the U.K. Astronomy Technology Centre in Edinburgh in 1998. In January 2005, Adrian joined the US National Radio Astronomy Observatory as North American Project Manager for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), subsequently becoming the North American ALMA Project Director. He joined ESO in July of 2010.