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Elizabeth Stanway

Reader in Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Warwick

I am a Reader in the Astronomy and Astrophysics group at the University of Warwick with a specific interest in the study of stellar populations and their role in observational cosmology, both at optical and radio wavelengths. The question of how the universe evolved, from the birth of the first stars to the highly structured and massive galaxies we see around us today, is one of the most fundamental that astrophysicists seek to address. It underpins our understanding of nearby galaxies, and is a key driver for the development of the next generation of telescopes. By modelling the stars that combine to produce the light we see from unresolved galaxies I work to improve our understanding of distant systems.

I also publish on the role of science fiction in popular understanding of science, and on the history of astronomy. I post articles on the mutual influence between science and science fiction twice monthly on my Cosmic Stories blog, which can be found at


  • –present
    Reader in Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Warwick