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Senior Research Associate, Cardiff University

My PhD dissertation was in the field of ultra-fast photoconduction in organic semi-conductors. I continued that work as a postdoc in the UK, and extended my horizons to polymer science working at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and surface science working for the Centre d'Etude Atomique (CEA), at Saclay in France.

I started my present work in astrophysics instrumentaion in 1997 working with Prof Peter Ade in the Astrophysics Instrumention Group (AIG), originally at Queen Mary and Westfield College, London, before the group moved en masse to Cardiff in 2001.

I've been involved in numerous projects with the AIG, including the High Frequency Instrument (HFI) on-board the ESA Planck space telescope (I'm officially listed as "System integration & testing - Flight calibration & trouble-shooter" - possibly a typo for 'maker'?), the UK led SCUBA2 instrument on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) in Hawaii, and of course, BICEP2.

My current projects still include Planck, detector development, and a new foray into medicine developing a device for the cure and prevention of macular degeneration desease, hopefully soon to be clinically trialled.

I am co-author on numerous scientific publications, many of which I'm even aware.


  • –present
    Senior Research Associate, Cardiff University


  • 1988 
    Queen Mary College, University of London, Doctor of Philosophy
  • School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University
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