Clive Page

Honorary University Fellow

MA, PhD (Cantab)

Tel (home): 01582 731453


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Clive Page studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and then became a research student in the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory, part of the Cavendish Laboratory, under the supervision of Antony Hewish.  His thesis was entitled "Radio Studies of Pulsars".  He spent a couple of years working in the Radio Department of the Royal Aircraft Establishment in Farnborough and then took a temporary position in the X-ray Astronomy Group at the University of Leicester.  This temporary position eventually lasted 33 years through dozens of contract renewals, sometimes for just a few months.  In 2006 he retired as a Senior Research Fellow and manager of the XMM-Newton Survey Science Centre.

Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society since 1972.  Member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) since 1976.  Member of the SERC Starlink Panel 1996-9.  Member of the British Computer Society (BCS) since 1988.  Member of PPARC Grid Steering Committee 2000-2.

Although formally retired, he has continued to work part-time, in particular helping to produce successive versions of the XMM-Newton catalogue of serendipitous X-ray sources, which is still holds the record as the world's X-ray catalogue.

Research interests

Involved in analysing data from a series of earth satellites carrying observatories working in the X-ray or extreme ultra-violet bands.  These include: Ariel-5, Ariel-6, EXOSAT, ROSAT, and XMM-Newton.

Gradually became more involved in astronomical computing and in the use of large astronomical databases, and have written a number of packages for the Starlink Software Collection, and for the XMM-Newton Science Analysis System.

Active in data format standardisation, having served on the IAU FITS Technical Working Group 2006-9, which was responsible for writing the current standard for FITS (Flexible Image Transfer System), a format widely used by astronomers.

Also interested in programming language development, and currently a committee member of the Fortran Special Interest Group of the BCS.


I have given courses in scientific computing and Fortran programming.

Science Communication

Over the years I have given talks to various school groups and to adult education courses including some led by Patrick Moore.

In 2006 I was a member of the team representing the Royal Astronomical Society which competed in the TV quiz show "University Challenge: the Professionals".  We only lost by a small margin but we were up against a team of bankers and perhaps their reactions were faster than ours.


For full publications list see  this link

Further Information

More information, not all of it up-to-date, can be found on my original web-site

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