Professor Miley is a multispectral astronomer, whose research field is distant radio galaxies. After obtaining his PhD in radio astronomy from the University of Manchester, UK, Professor Miley spent 2 years as a postdoc at NRAO.
He has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and is an ISI “highly cited” researcher. He was Director of Leiden Observatory, one of the largest university astronomy departments in Europe, for 11 years.
Professor Miley was the initiator of LOFAR, a next-generation radio telescope centered in the Netherlands, with stations in 5 other countries. He has been involved in several space missions, including IRAS and Hubble (4 years at the Space Telescope Science Institute).
As Vice President of the International Astronomical Union, Professor Miley was architect of the IAU strategic plan “Astronomy for Development 2010 – 2020” and he is presently overseeing its implementation. He is Vice Chair of the Steering Committee of the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development in Cape Town (a joint venture with South African NRF) and a member of the recently formed NRF South African Astronomy Advice Council. In 2004, Professor Miley initiated Universe Awareness (UNAWE), a global program that uses astronomy to inspire disadvantaged children aged 4 – 10. UNAWE is now active in 57 countries.
Professor Miley was awarded the Shell Oeuvre Prize in 1997 and a Dutch knighthood (“ridder”) in 2011. He was elected Honorary Fellow of the UK Royal Astronomical Society in 2013.