Dr Paul Abel

Paul A portrait 2014Mathematics Teaching Fellow

Telephone: 0116 252 2069

Email: pga3@le.ac.uk


Twitter: @Paul_Abel



I came to Leicester in 1999 as an undergraduate to study Mathematics for an MMATH degree which I finished in 2004.  In 2012 I completed my PhD in Theoretical Physics with Prof. Derek Raine entitled 'A Quantum Lagnevin Approach To Hawking Radiation', and my current reserach interests include Hawking Radiation, Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetimes and more recently, Higher Dimensional Wormholes.

In the centre, I am the Mathematics Teaching Fellow, and so I am responsible for all of the mathematics courses which are taught here on our Natural Sciences degree.

Astronomy has always played a big part in my life. I have been an amateur astronomer since the age of 12 when I became friends with Sir Patrick Moore.

I have an 8 inch Newtonian reflector permanently set up in my observatory in Leicester, where I make frequent observations of the Moon and planets.

Unlike most amateurs, I’m a visual observer and I prefer to draw what I see at the eyepiece rather than image it.  As you can imagine, I make good use of the University’s 20 inch telescope- made available to the University thanks to grant money obtained by Prof. Raine.

Alongside my work at Leicester, I am also a broadcaster and writer. I was greatly honored when, in 2009, Sir Patrick Moore (who has been a good friend for many years) invited me to become a co-presenter on the BBC’s Sky at Night- the very program which got me started in astronomy many years ago.

Promoting astronomy and science is something I feel very strongly about, and I regularly give talks to various astronomical societies, and speak at various astronomical events.

I have written a number of books and articles on popular astronomy and currently have a regular monthly column in the Sky at Night Magazine called 'Sky at Night Diaries'

I am also currently assistant director of the Saturn section of the British Astronomical Association, and I am a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.  Should you have any questions or enquires,  then please do get in touch!

Teaching Awards

  • University Partneship Teaching Award


ModuleYear Group
Mathematics for science I First Year
Mathematics for science II Second Year
Mathematics for science III Third Year
Expert session for Communicating Science First/Second Year

Research Interests

  • The Unruh Effect
  • Hawking Radiation
  • 5D Wormholes

Published Resources



  • BBC Sky at Night
  • Blue Peter
  • Newsnight
  • BBC Stargazing Live
  • Chelsea Flower Show
  • Radio: BBC 6 Music
  • BBC Radio Leicester

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