Sean Dougherty

Sean Dougherty


Dr. Sean Dougherty was appointed ALMA Director effective February 21st, 2018, following 10 years as the Director of the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, Canada’s national radio astronomy facility, run by NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics. He was a member of the ALMA Board representing North America for four years, and chair of the ALMA Budget Committee for two years. Dougherty received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Nottingham, England, in 1983 and his Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Calgary, Canada, in 1993. Dougherty has more than 25 years of science and engineering management experience in radio astrophysics, including as Project manager for the construction and delivery of the WIDAR correlator for the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (JVLA) in 2013, and the Lead of the international consortium to design the correlator and beam former for the Square Kilometer Array Observatory (SKAO).

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