about RCH

Me and Durham Cathedral

I joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College in December 2011 as an Assistant Professor. My interests include active galactic nuclei, galaxy evolution, large-scale structure of the Universe, the cosmic X-ray background, and X-ray binary pulsars.

My full CV is here.

previous positions

As an undergraduate I studied physics at Yale University, and completed my Ph.D. at the Harvard University Department of Astronomy. I was an SAO Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and I retain an affiliation with SAO as a Research Associate. I then served as STFC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology Group in the Department of Physics at Durham University.


I served as chair of the Local Organising Committee for the large international conference (360 participants) on Galaxy Formation at Durham, 18-22 July 2011. An overview of the conference and program are at the conference website.

In July 2010, I organized (along with Dave Alexander) a large workshop (115 participants) at Durham University on What Drives the Growth of Black Holes?. An overview of the workshop, oral and poster programs, abstracts, and other details are available at the workshop website.


As part of my STFC Fellowship, have given a series of public talks at dozens of schools and astronomical societies around the UK.

In fall 2009 I appeared on TV, on the Pulsars & Quasars episode of The Universe on the History Channel.

I visited African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa, as an Expert-in-Residence in astrophysics in March 2009.


I enjoy playing music, skiing, rowing, the New England Patriots, Newcastle United, and traveling with my wife Tammy and daughter Annie.

Ryan C. Hickox
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

Office: 241 Wilder Laboratory
Phone: +1 (603) 646-2962
Email: Ryan.C.Hickox@dartmouth.edu

Last Updated: 4 May 2014
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