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  • Exochemistry: Physics and Chemistry of the Solar System and the Interstellar Medium

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Professor in Astrophysics at the University of Manchester


Previous appointments

 2010-2015 Director of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics , The University of Manchester

 1997-2004  Lecturer/Reader, UMIST, Manchester

1992-1997 Fellow/international staff member, European Southern Observatory

1991  Senior Research Fellow, South Africa Astronomical Observatory

1987-1989 PhD student, University of Groningen

1985-1989 PhD student National Radio Astronomy Observatory, USA 


Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, Department of Physics & Astronomy

Research interests

 Late stages of stellar evolution: mass loss, circumstellar matter; AGB stars; Planetary nebulae; Nearby galaxies

 Techniques: Observational astronomy: infrared, optical, radio. 

Facilities: VLT, VLTI, Spitzer Space Telescope, VLA  

Outputs: 293 refereed journal papers, 678 outputs in total (as of June 2018)


Research interests


Evolved stars; stellar winds; planetary nebulae; stellar population; space dust

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, A radio study of Planetary Nebulae, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (University of Groningen)

Award Date: 15 Sept 1989

External positions

Hung Hing Ying Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Hong Kong

1 Oct 201630 Sept 2022


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