Amina Helmi received her PhD from Leiden University in 2000 with a dissertation on The formation of the Galactic Halo for which she was awarded the Christiaan Huygens Wetenschapsprijs in 2004. Her scientific interests include the formation and evolution of the Galaxy, and the nature of dark-matter, which are, of course, intimately linked to Gaia's science case. She was a core member of the radial velocity working group, where she was involved in the specifications of the spectrograph's resolution (which translates into radial velocity accuracy) required to achieve the goal of recovering the formation history of the Galactic halo.
Amina is currently full professor at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. She has supervised many bachelor, MSc and PhD students as well as postdocs in topics related to the Gaia mission. As member of DPAC, she is also lead of work package (WP945) on multidimensional statistical tools for validation of the Gaia data.
[Published: 25/10/2004 | Updated: 09/09/2008 | Updated 17/04/2018]
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