Curriculum Vitae

   I was born in Akranes, a small town just north of Reykjavik, on May 7, 1958, and went to elementary school there. I then moved to Reykjavik and studied at Reykjavík Junior College, and Universty of Iceland, and finally at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I received my Ph.D. in astrophysics from University of Illinois in 1990. My main thesis advisor was Roland Svensson

   I am now a research professor at the Science Institute, but I have also tought at the Univeristy of Iceland, and at Akranes Comprehensive Community College, Reykjavík Junior College and at the University of Illinois.

  My research has mainly been carried out at the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (NORDITA) in Copenhagen, and at the Science Institute. I have also spent some time at the astrophysics department at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg and at the astronomy department of the University of Stockholm.


   I have mostly been interested in accretion flow around black holes and have also considered a few interesting problems in cosmology. My main interest for the past decade has been the very active area of Gamma-Ray Bursts.

Publication list


I try to make sure that two radars located in Iceland as a part of the SuperDARN network, run continuously all year round. The purpose of the network is to study the solar interaction with earth's magneto- and ionospheres. The radars are built and run in cooperations with research groups in France and in Britain. Further information on the project is available below.
SuperDARN: General information
Cutlass: The Cutlass radar at Þykkvibær
Stokkseyri: The French radar at Stokkseyri