Chris Hayward joined the foundation in 2016 as an associate research scientist at the Center for Computational Astrophysics. He uses a variety of tools, ranging from analytic calculations to simulations to observations, to advance our understanding of how galaxies form. A particular emphasis of Hayward’s research is on combining hydrodynamic simulations of galaxy formation with radiative transfer calculations to create ‘forward models’ of observable quantities, such as images and spectra, that can be directly compared with data from telescopes such as the Hubble Space Telescope. Hayward earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University. Before joining the CCA, he was a postdoctoral scholar at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies in Germany and a Moore Prize postdoctoral scholar in theoretical astrophysics at the California Institute of Technology.
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA