Wendy Freedman, the Crawford H. Greenewalt Director of the Carnegie Observatories and chair of the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization has accepted a position as a University Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, departing Carnegie September 1, 2014. Associate Director for Academic Affairs at the Observatories, John Mulchaey, will take over then as acting director.
Carnegie president Richard Meserve remarked: “Wendy has been one of the most productive Carnegie scientists for some 30 years. She is a highly respected leader in the astronomical community and will continue to have strong ties to Carnegie. John too is an accomplished researcher and has been sharing many of the management responsibilities at the Observatories of late. He is an excellent choice to take over as acting director. ”
Mulchaey, who will be celebrating his 20th anniversary as a Carnegie astronomer September 1, studies groups and clusters of galaxies, elliptical galaxies, dark matter, active galaxies and black holes. He is also actively involved in public outreach and education.