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School Roles

Coordinator, Planetary Science research theme.
Head of Group, Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry. 
Coordinator, Geology with Planetary Science Programmes.
Teaching Contributions
•Comparative Planetology.
•Nucleosynthesis and the Origin of the Solar System.
•Planetary Science Field Course to the Ries Impact Structure.
•Topics in Planetary Science for MEarthSci Students.
•First Year Tutorials.
•Coordinator, Article in Planetary Science

Making an Appointment (for Students)

If you would like to arrange to see me to discuss coursework, you can see my potential availability at this link...


After a BSc. in Physics (Sheffield) I completed a PhD entitled "Development of Techniques of Resonance Ionization Mass Spectrometry for the Analysis of Xenon from Meteorites" (again, Sheffield, supervisor, Prof. G. Turmer).  I moved to Manchester to take up a postdoctoral research position, and continued working on the same instrument.  In 1994 I was awarded a University Research Fellowship by the Royal Society, and joined the academic staff in 2002.  

Social responsibility

As part of our Earth & Solar System outreach team I am happy to give talks on my research and other planetary science topics to interested groups - please contact me at the email address above

I and our planetary science team can also provide speakers and activities for schools and science festivals, and support schools in using the STFC Moon and Meteorite Sample Loan Scheme (we were scientific advisers for the recent production of new support materials).  Please contact me for details.

You may also be interested in our group's "Earth & Solar System" blog...

...and Facebook page...

Research interests

My main research interest is in the prehistory, formation and evolution of the solar system and the bodies within it.
Recent and Current Projects Include:
•The nucleosynthetic prehistory of the solar system.
•The noble gas compositions of STARDUST and GENESIS samples.
•The xenon and krypton composition of Hayabusa particles.
•The chronology of solar system formation.
•The evolution of planets, notably Earth and Mars.
•Cosmic ray exposure ages of meteorites and their subcomponents.
•The half-life of 130Te and the possibility of dating mineralisation based on its decay to 130Xe.
•The histoy of the iodine cycle over geological time and its relation to the evolution of complex lifeforms.
•Pu and U signatures in lunar and terrestrial zircons.
•Development of resonance ionization mass spectrometry for combined isotopic analysis of xenon and krypton.

My group

Further information

Asteroid (7927) Jamiegilmour = 1986 WV1

Discovered 1986 Nov. 29 by A. Mrkos at Kleˇt.

Jamie Gilmour (b. 1964) is an isotope cosmochemist at the University of Manchester (UK). He develops novel instrumentation to study the origin and evolution of meteorites using xenon isotopic signatures.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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