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Associate Professor in Planetary Sciences, University of Leicester

Dr. Leigh Fletcher is a Planetary Scientist specialising in the exploration of our Solar System’s giant planets via robotic spacecraft missions and ground-based astronomical facilities. He is an Associate Professor in Planetary Sciences at the University of Leicester.

He earned a Natural Science degree from Cambridge, a PhD in Planetary Physics from Oxford, and has since worked as a NASA fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and as a Research Fellow at Oxford. He held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (URF) between 2013 and 2020. He was the recipient of the 2016 Harold C. Urey prize for outstanding achievements in planetary science by an early-career scientist, awarded by the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society. He is a team member for the Cassini mission to Saturn, the Juno and JUICE missions to Jupiter, and is a passionate advocate for future exploration of the distant Ice Giants. He currently leads a planetary atmospheres team at the University of Leicester, funded by the Royal Society, STFC, and the European Research Council.


  • 2015–present
    Associate Professor, University of Leicester