We are delighted to welcome Matt Hilton into the Wits Centre for Astrophysics, who joins as a full professor. He joins Wits following almost 10 years at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. His research interests are galaxy formation and evolution, and observational cosmology, with a particular focus on galaxy clusters - the most massive gravitationally bound structures in the universe. He obtained his PhD from the Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University in 2007.
Prof Hilton is a member of the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) collaboration, Simons Observatory, the XMM Cluster Survey, and an external collaborator on the Dark Energy Survey. Most recently, he has led the search for massive galaxy clusters using ACT. At Wits, his group will be working on follow-up observations of ACT clusters using MeerKAT and SALT.