Malcolm Smith


Director from 1993 to 2003. He had the key role -as Director and AURA representative in Chile- to the get the Astronomy Law passed through the Chilean Congress. Under his directorship the SOAR Telescope was built on Pachon and a 1.3m telescope (2MASS) was added to the small telescope facilities at CTIO. 

Dr. Smith is still very active in public outreach in Chile and abroad. His leadership in fighting light pollution is recognized worldwide. Dr. Smith lead the effort in the promotion of the Chilean light pollution law, helping set up regulations and dealing with local authorities to forestall further contamination in the IVth Region. 

Malcolm continues to work at CTIO as staff astronomer.