Jeremy Yates studied Natural Sciences (Physics) at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge from 1986-89, and subsequently studied for a MSC and then PhD in Radio Astronomy at Jodrell Bank, Univeristy of Manchester from 1990-1993. His academic career has been in astrophysics research, with research posts at the Universities of Bristol and Hertfordshire and Lectureships at Hertfordshire and University College London. His interests are in radio interferometric studies of stellar evolution and galaxy morphologies, and in the simulation of radiative transfer of both molecular line emission and emission from astrophysical dust particles. Lately he has been working on coupling radiative magneto-hydrodynamical codes with astrochemical codes to study the formation of stars in the very early universe and stellar evolution in our own galaxy. He is also a member of the Square Kilometre Array Science and Data Processing Design Study Work Package.
These areas of research are IT intensive and require the collection, processing, analysis and simulation of Big Data. Since 1998 he has been involved with the procurement and design of cluster systems to support astrophysics research, and then general research computing, until the present data. At present he is Director of the DiRAC HPC Facility (www.dirac.ac.uk) which provides Research Computing Services for the UK research communities in Theoretical Particle Physics, Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology, and Theoretical Nuclear Physics. This facility was awarded £15m in 2011 as part of the UK Government's investment programme in national E-infrastructure. As Chair of the National E-infrastructure Project Director's Group, he is currently helping to co-ordinate the efforts to integrate into a national eco-system the Govts HPC (2011) and Big Data (2012) capital investments in the National E-Infrastructure.