Posted on 26/07/2012
MSc Geology & Astrophysics, 1966; PhD Geology & Astrophysics, 1969 Royal Holloway College
The astronomer Michael Rowan-Robinson was Head of the Astrophysics Group at Imperial College in London from 1993 to 2007. From 2007-12 he continued to teach part-time in the Blackett Lab at Imperial. He was Presidentof the Royal Astronomical Society from 2006 to 2008 and chaired the UK Ground-Based Facilities Review in 2009. Rowan-Robinson was Chair of the European Southern Observatory's Observation Planning Committee in 2011. Michael has been involved with the joint US, UK and Dutch Infrared Astronomical Satellite since 1977 and with the joint European Space Agency (ESA), NASA and ISIS (Japanese space agency) Infrared Space Observatory. He is a committee member of ESA's scientific missions and of the Hubble Space Telescope project. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the Royal Astronomical Society. He was awarded the 2008 Hoyle Medal by the Institute of Physics for his pioneering research in infrared and submillimetre astronomy, and observational cosmology.