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Graduate Program Director: Andrew Skemer Department Assistant: Kali Lucas
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Bruce Alan Macintosh
  • Pronouns he, him, his, his, himself
  • Title
    • Director
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences Division
  • Department
    • UC Observatories
  • Affiliations Astronomy & Astrophysics Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Interdisciplinary Sciences Building, 375
  • Mail Stop UCO / Lick Observatory
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Adaptive Optics, Astronomy, Diversity

Biography, Education and Training

Bruce Macintosh serves as the Director of University of California Observatories (UCO, the multi-campus research unit that operates and supports UC's key telescope facilities - Lick Observatory at Mt. Hamilton, the W.M. Keck Observatory, and the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope. UCO operates these facilities for research and education for UC faculty, staff, and students, and develops new instrumentation and capabilities for them. As UCO Director Dr. Macintosh supervises the observatories and UCO's instrumentaiton labs at UCSC and other campuses. 

Personally, Dr. Macintosh's research focusses on the study of extrasolar planets, in particular the study of such planets through direct imaging, and on using adaptive optics to shape the wavefronts of light for a variety of applications. Direct imaging of extrasolar planets involves blocking, suppressing, and subtracting the light of the bright parent star so that a planet hundreds of thousands of times fainter can be seen and studied in detail. Dr. Macintosh co-led the team that imaged the first extrasolar planets, and was the Principal Investigator of the Gemini Planet Imager an advanced adaptive optics planet-finder for the Gemini South telescope,. HHe has been very active in astrophysics science policy, including serving on the Steering Commitee of the 2020 Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Dr. Macintosh believes strongly in making astronomy and physics more inclusive, diverse and supportive. 



Selected Presentations


KIPAC Public Lecture: Pictures of Distant Worlds

KIPAC Public Lecture: Atmosphere of extrasolar planets with the James Webb Space Telescope