Iain Neill Reid

Associate Director of Science
Iain Neill Reid

As the associate director of science at the institute, Dr. Iain Neill Reid is responsible for oversight of the research infrastructure as well as its external science policies, which include oversight of Hubble’s Telescope Allocation Committee (TAC) process, and development of science policies and peer review for the James Webb Space Telescope. He has served as an astronomer at the institute since 2007 and joined as an associate astronomer in 2001. He was the first researcher to highlight the important implications of Hipparcos subdwarf parallax measurements for globular cluster distances and ages, and was a key member of the 2MASS Rare Objects team, which characterized the frequency and intrinsic properties of brown dwarfs.

Dr. Reid’s research has centered on galactic structure, including low-mass stars, brown dwarfs, and the initial stellar mass function. He has published more than 240 refereed publications that include the Astronomical Journal, the Astrophysical Journal, the Astrophysics and Space Science Library publications, and the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. He also regularly presents his work at professional conferences, including the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Meeting, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, and the SPIE Conference. He co-authored New Light on Dark Stars (Springer, 2005), a textbook on low-mass stars, with Suzanne Hawley.

Before joining the institute, Dr. Reid served as a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, a senior research associate and senior research fellow at the California Institute of Technology, a senior research fellow at Royal Greenwich Observatory, and a Science and Engineering Research Council Fellow at Sussex University. He was also the project scientist for the second Palomar Sky Survey. Throughout his career, Dr. Reid has served as a reviewer for NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission; the time allocation process for the European Southern Observatory; the Astro 2010 Programmatic Prioritization Panel on Optical and Infrared Astronomy from the Ground; and the 2014 NASA Senior Review of the Chandra X-ray Observatory. He is a member of the AAS and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was a longtime fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.


PhD in Astronomy, University of Edinburgh
BS in in Astronomy, University of St Andrews


Research Interests:

Brown dwarfs, Galactic structure, low-mass stars, large-scale surveys, stellar populations, variables in the Magellanic Clouds


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