Short Biography

  • Diploma in theoretical physics, University of Basel (1977)
  • PhD in astronomy («The Shape and Orientation of Clusters of Galaxies», supervisor: Prof. G. A. Tammann), University of Basel (1981)
  • Swiss NF fellow at Carnegie Observatories, Pasadena, USA (1981-1983)
  • Since then, with interruptions, assistant at the Astronomical Institute, University of Basel
  • Visiting fellow at Osservatorio astrofisico di Arcetri, Florence, Italy (1988-1990)
  • Habilitation in astronomy, University of Basel (1994)
  • Titular professor, University of Basel (since 2001)

Research Summary

Bruno Binggeli has worked extensively on the morphology, photometry, and distribution of dwarf galaxies in clusters of galaxies and in the field. The goal of this research is to understand the evolutionary processes that govern the structure of low-mass galaxies, especially dwarf ellipticals, and to provide constraints for theories of Dark Matter, which seems to be the dominant mass component of dwarf galaxies. More recently, the focus of his research interests has shifted to very nearby, resolved stellar systems, and to wide binary stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. His current research project is a search for ultrafaint dwarf galaxies in nearby southern groups of galaxies.


Selected Publications

    1. Binggeli, B., Sandage, A., Tammann, G. A., Studies of the Virgo Cluster. II. A Catalog of 2096 Galaxies in the Virgo Cluster Area, Astron. J. 90, 1681 (1985).
    2. Binggeli, B., Sandage, A., Tammann, G. A., The Luminosity Function of Galaxies, Ann. Rev. Astron. Astrophys. 26, 509 (1988).
    3. Ferguson, H. C., Binggeli, B., Dwarf Elliptical Galaxies, A&A Rev. 6, 6 (1994).
    4. Jerjen, H., Binggeli, B., Barazza, F., Distances, Metallicities, and Ages of Dwarf Elliptical Galaxies in the Virgo Cluster from Surface Brightness Fluctuations, Astron. J. 127, 771 (2004).
    5. Jerjen, H., Binggeli, B. (eds.), Near-field Cosmology with Dwarf Elliptical Galaxies, IAU Colloquium No. 198, Cambridge University Press (2005).

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