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Derek Ward-Thompson

Professor of Astrophysics, University of Central Lancashire

Derek teaches across a rage of subjects in Physics and Astrophysics. His particular expertise lies in the fields of star and planet formation, as well as interstellar magnetic fields, from the most diffuse regions of space to the dense environments around the event horizons of black holes. He is part of the 'Event Horizon Telescope Consortium', which published the first ever image of a black hole in April 2019.


  • 2012–present
    Institute Director (Jeremiah Horrocks Institute), University of Central Lancashire