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Senior research fellow, University of Leicester

Dr John Pye is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Leicester. As an astrophysicist and manager he has been involved in a number of long-duration space astrophysics projects, with a leading role in several. He is a member of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Mid-InfraRed Instrument (MIRI) European Consortium team, within which he is one of the UK’s Co-Investigators, and has led the University of Leicester’s efforts in the JWST-MIRI project. His research interests include X-ray astrophysics, sky surveys and their statistical analysis and simulation, and magnetic activity and coronae in cool stars, especially those known to host exoplanetary systems. He is closely involved in preparations for several of the extragalactic surveys to be carried out by JWST.

He holds a BSc in physics from the University of Manchester, and a PhD in solar astrophysics from the University of Leicester. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a Member of the Institute of Physics, and a Member of the International Astronomical Union.


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    Senior Research Fellow, University of Leicester