Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Senior Astrophysicist
  • Former Director, Chandra X-ray Center
Jesus College Cambridge

         Honorary Fellow

Contact Information

Office: B-426 60 Garden St., Cambridge MA 02138
Phone: +1-617-495-7268
Email: bwilkes [at] cfa.harvard.edu
ORCID ID: 0000 0003 1809 2364


Ph.D. Cambridge University 1982
B.Sc. (Hons) St. Andrews University 1978

Professional Societies

Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society
Fellow, Cambridge Philosophical Society
Full Member, American Astronomical Society
Member, International Astronomical Union
Member, European Astronomical Society
Fellow, American Physical Society
Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Research Interests
  • X-ray/radio jets from quasars at high redshift and AGN Unification
  • Observations of Spectral energy distributions (100μ - 3.5 keV) of quasars to study their energy generation mechanisms and the relation of emission lines and ionizing continuum shape
  • Soft X-ray spectra of quasars, including intervening and intrinsic absorption and the association of the former with absorption seen in the ultra-violet
  • X-ray and Multi-wavelength surveys with a particular interest in the resulting quasars and active galaxy samples.
  • Optical spectroscopy of quasars and study of their broad emission lines