Dennis Crabtree


Acting Director, Dominion Astrophysical Observatory
Ph.D., 1982, Toronto
Phone: +1 250-363-3082
E-mail: Dennis [dot] Crabtree [at] nrc [dot] ca
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Areas of Interest: Observatory operations, bibliometrics

Dennis Crabtree received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Toronto in 1982. After a PDF at UBC, he took a position at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT), as manager of their data reduction facility. In 1986 he moved to HIA as the first hire for the new Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC). He joined the permanent staff of HIA in 1988. In 1989 he left HIA for a position at STScI but returned to HIA in 1990, becoming head of the CADC in 1993. In 1996 he was seconded to CFHT as the Senior Resident astronomer and was in charge of science operations. He returned to HIA in 2000 and was head of the Canadian Gemini office until April 2007 when he moved to Chile to be the Associate Director of Science Operation for Gemini. He returned to HIA in 2010 as a staff astronomer.

Currently he is Technical Secretary for the Canadian Time Allocation Committee (CanTAC) which handles Canadian observing time on CFHT, JCMT and Gemini. He is heavily involved in using bibliometrics as a tool for evaluating the performance of astronomical observatories. He maintains a database of refereed publications from over 20 telescopes.