Professor of Space Physics, Lancaster University

Jim Wild is a scientist studying the space environment and the links between the Sun, the Earth and other planets.

He studied for a degree in Physics with Space Science and Technology before completing a doctorate in solar-terrestrial physics at the University of Leicester.  He is now the Professor of Space Physics at Lancaster University’s Department of Physics and a Vice-President of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Jim’s research investigates the physics behind the aurora borealis, the impact of space weather on human technology and the interaction between the Martian atmosphere and the interplanetary environment. As well as exploiting an international flotilla of satellites, this research has regularly taken him to the high arctic to carry out experiments.

As a passionate science communicator, has established himself as a popular speaker for public audiences and he also contributes to print and broadcast media.


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    Professor of Space Physics, Lancaster University