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Robert A E Fosbury

Honorary professor, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, UCL

Bob Fosbury is an astrophysicist who worked nearly 30 years for the European Space Agency on the Hubble Space Telescope project where he also participated in early work on instrumentation for the James Webb Space Telescope. His research interests range from exoplanets and stellar atmospheres to supermassive black holes in radio galaxies and quasars and star formation in the early Universe. He is currently an emeritus astronomer at the European Southern Observatory - in Munich and Chile.

After retirement, he was invited to become an honorary professor at the Institute of Ophthalmology at UCL where he works in an interdisciplinary team to study the interactions of light with biology following a lifelong interest in mechanisms of natural colouration


  • 2017–present
    Hon Prof (Institute of Ophthalmology), UCL
  • 2011–present
    Emeritus Astronomer, European Southern Observatory