The spiral galaxy M81 (NGC 3031) as seen in the far-infrared with the Herschel Space Observatory

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A Brief Autobiography

I was born in 1974 in the United States. As I was growing up, my family moved around a lot; my father, a doctor, never seemed to be satisfied with where we were living. While I was growing up, my family moved from Maryland to New York, then to Maine, then to Michigan, and finally to Montana. Upon graduation from high school, I started moving around myself, first going to college at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, New Mexico, where I earned my B.S. in physics in 1996, and then moving to Honolulu, Hawaii, where I worked to earn my M.S. in 1999 and my Ph.D in 2002. degrees in astronomy at the University of Hawaii. My first postdoctoral position, from 2002 to 2005, was working at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona on data processing for the Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxies Survey, a survey of 75 nearby galaxies with the Spitzer Space Telescope. My second postdoctoral position was from 2005 to 2011 at Imperial College London in London, United Kingdom, where I worked as a support astronomer for the Herschel Space Observatory.

Right now, I work at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester in Manchester, United Kingdom. I primarily work to support users of the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA), a telescope in the Atacama Desert in Chile. Additionally, I continue to pursue my research in extragalctic astronomy with an emphasis on understanding dust and star formation in nearby galaxies. Additional information on my professional work is available from my science page. My hobbies include traveling, photography, visiting museums and historical sites, reading, and computer games. For samples of my older photography, please see my scenic photography pages; I will hopefully eventually have time to add newer photography soon as well as update the pages.

Contact information:

George Bendo
Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics
University of Manchester
Alan Turing Building
Manchester M13 9PL United Kingdom

Phone: 0161 27 54258 (International: +44 161 27 54258)
Fax: 0161 27 54247 (International: +44 161 27 54247)
Email: george.bendo(at)

This page was last updated 06 Jan 2014.