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David Sobral is an astrophysicist who, while at the University of Lisbon, led a team of astronomers who discovered a galaxy that may be home to the first generation of stars made after the Big Bang. In January, he joined Lancaster University as a lecturer in astrophysics

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Where and when were you born?

I was born in Barreiro in Portugal on 11 February 1986. I did spend some really important time in the southwest of Portugal, on the Alentejo coast.

How has this shaped you?

Unless I could talk with a version of myself in a parallel universe where I wasn't born there, it is obviously very hard to clearly identify how this has shaped me. However, I was lucky to have had fantastic parents, sister, teachers and a truly nurturing environment. Without them I certainly would not be the same person at all.

What drew you to the position at Lancaster?

It's an absolutely outstanding opportunity to be able to contribute and be part of a new group focused on observational astrophysics, within a top physics department. I was truly fed up with the complete lack of strategy, dynamics and ambition at the University of Lisbon; nothing really works well, but people just seem to ignore all the problems as they prefer not to change. Lancaster is completely the opposite, so it's extremely easy to feel at home.

You led the team that discovered the CR7 galaxy, traces of the first generation of stars that gave life to our universe. Can you explain the feelings you had when you first glimpsed it through the telescope and realised what it was?

We didn't quite glimpse it through the telescope directly, but there were a few very exciting moments. It was actually just after Christmas (in 2014) that we could get a first confirmation with the Keck telescope in Hawaii. While for normal, very distant galaxies, one needs to observe them for hours and even then do a lot of data processing to see anything, for CR7 it was so clearly there after just a few minutes.

Why did you name the galaxy after footballer Cristiano Ronaldo's nickname and brand?

We named the galaxy for its GPS coordinates, its location in the sky (the COSMOS field) and its distance to us (which we measure in red shift - and CR7 is at a red shift of about 7). Thus, we called it COSMOS Redshift 7 (CR7). We did not name the galaxy after Ronaldo, although we knew, of course, that those were also the initials that Cristiano Ronaldo uses. Of course, this was great because it allowed the discovery, and many aspects of the astronomy related to it, to reach so many more people than it would otherwise have reached, if the galaxy had some other cryptic name. …

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