Dennis Crabtree

Roles and responsibilities

Astronomer: Focusing on research metrics and evaluation, including bibliometrics.I also lead HAA's project to properly archive our rich collection of historical material dating back to the formation of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in 1918.

Current research and/or projects

  • Research performance of observatories
  • Fifty Years of NRC Stewardship of Astronomy


Ph.D. Astronomy, University of Toronto, 1982

M.Sc. Astronomy, University of British Columbia, 1976

B.Sc. Astronomy , University of British Columbia, 1974

Professional activities/interests

  • Communicating astronomy with the public
  • Bibliometrics
  • Historical Research


Canadian Astronomical Society

Previous work experience

January 2014 - June 2018: Acting Director Optical Astronomy Program

April 2007 - May 2010: Associate Director for Science Operations, Gemini Observatory

October 1999 - March 2006: Group Leader, Canadian Gemini Office

August 1996 - October 1999: Senior Resident Astronomer, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope

1992 - 1996: Head, Canadian Astronomy Data Centre

International experience and/or work

I've worked at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope twice. First from 1983-1986 and also 1996-1999. I've worked at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. I also worked for three years for the Gemini Observatory, based in La Serena, Chile.

Dennis Crabtree

Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics
5071 West Saanich Road
Victoria, British Columbia V9E 2E7
Preferred language: English
Telephone: 250-363-3082

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Space sciences, Observational astronomy, Astronomy