Daniel Eisenstein was born in 1970 in Israel and is currently Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University, USA. He graduated from Princeton University in Physics in 1992, obtained his PhD in Astronomy from Harvard University in 1996, and held postdoctoral positions at the Institute for Advanced Study and the University of Chicago. He was on the Astronomy Faculty at the University of Arizona for nine years before joining Harvard University in 2010. He has been active in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey  (SDSS)  and is currently the Director of SDSS III.  

Shaun Cole was born in 1963 in the UK and is currently Professor in the Department of Physics at Durham University, UK. He graduated from the University of Oxford in Physics in 1982, received his PhD in Astrophysics in 1989 from the University of Cambridge and held a postdoctoral position at the University of California, Berkeley from 1989 to 1991. He joined Durham University in 1991 and became a professor in 2005.

John A Peacock was born in 1956 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, UK and is currently Professor of Cosmology in the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh.  He obtained his Bachelor degree in Natural Sciences in 1977 and a PhD in 1980 from the University of Cambridge. He was at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, first as Research Fellow in 1981, then as Tenured Research Astronomer in 1983, becoming the Head of Research in 1992. He has been Professor at the University of Edinburgh since 1998 and was the Head of the Institute for Astronomy from 2007 to 2013.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

27 May 2014    Hong Kong