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Professor Duncan Forbes



Professor Duncan Forbes is an astronomer with Swinburne’s Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing. His areas of expertise include globular cluster systems and the formation of early-type galaxies.

Professor Forbes was Deputy Director for the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing between 2005 and 2008. From 2013-2015 he was an ARC DORA Fellow, and in 2009 he also held a role as an ARC International Fellow. His experience includes working as a project scientist for the Faulkes Telescope. He has served on various national and international committees. 

Research interests

Astrophysics; Astronomy; Nearby Galaxies; Globular Clusters; Dark Matter

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Cosmology And Extragalactic Astronomy - 510103

Teaching areas

Globular Clusters


  • 2004, Swinburne, VC's Research Excellence Award, Swinburne


Also published as: Forbes, Duncan; Forbes, D.; Forbes, Duncan A.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2022: Ultra Diffuse Galaxies: Challenging the galaxy formation paradigm *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2020: Utilising artificial intelligence to elucidate the physics of galaxies *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2018: Deconstructing the assembly of galaxies *; UA-DAAD (Universities Australia-Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst)
  • 2017: ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions *; ARC Centre of Excellence Scheme
  • 2017: Unravelling the major transformation mechanism of disk galaxies *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme

* Chief Investigator