Born in New Zealand, Duncan attended the University of Canterbury in Christchurch (NZ) for his honours degree in Astronomy. He then worked at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore (USA), before embarking on his PhD at Cambridge University (UK). After a postdoc position at the University of California Santa Cruz (USA), he took up a Lectureship at the University of Birmingham (UK). In 2000, he moved to a new astronomy group at Swinburne University in Melbourne (Australia). Since then the group has grown from half a dozen to over 80 people, and is now one of Australia’s largest. Duncan has travelled extensively related to his research on nearby galaxies and their ancient star clusters. Most recently, he visited Ecuador and gave a seminar at the University in Quito. Quito is located at about 2.7 km above sea level. Several years ago, Duncan gave a seminar 2.7 km below sea level – at a dark matter experiment located in a nickel mine in Canada. See personal webpage