50 Years of Space Science at the University of Leicester


2010 marks 50 years since the University of Leicester's first space scientist, Professor Ken Pounds, joined the University. Follow the links below to learn about the history of space science at Leicester, and discover some of the work being done today by the internationally renowned Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Leicester’s golden star

Ken Pounds is interviewed on his thoughts on 50 years working in space science.

From Skylark to Swift - Leicester celebrates fifty years of space research

Press announcement for the Department of Physics and Astronomy's three-day international symposium on 6th-8th July

University of Leicester celebrates 50 years of space research

Press release announcing the 50th anniversary.

Dateline Leicester - A Space Odyssey

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The University of Leicester has a long and enviable record of involvement in space science. Professor Ken Pounds, former Head of Physics and Astronomy and Emeritus Professor of Space Physics, has played a pivotal role in this success story. Here he describes how Leicester came to be in the forefront of space research and charts the milestones in space exploration.

Interview with Professor Jeff Hoffman

Visiting Professor and former student, Jeff Hoffman reflects upon his work in space science and his experiences as a NASA astronaut.

The 50th anniversary

To celebrate the 50th anniversary, the Department of Physics and Astronomy will be holding a symposium on July 6-8 2010.

50th Anniversary Message Board

Former and current staff and students add their recollections of the University's Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Professor Ken Pounds

News items and information on Leicester's first space scientist.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy

The Space Research Centre

Find out about some of the work into space science that is taking place at Leicester today.

National Space Centre

Based in Leicester, the UK’s largest visitor attraction  dedicated to space and space exploration was the brainchild of the University of Leicester.

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Above: The three X-ray telescopes of the XMM-Newton satellite stare into deep space. Credit: ESA/Ducros.

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