Curriculum Vitae


Position - Space Park Leicester - Director of Strategic Partnerships

Professor of Astrophysics and Space Science, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Leicester.

Degrees - BA Physics (York) 1979, Ph.D. Physics (Leicester) 1983.

Distinctions - NASA Group Achievement Award 1991 (ROSAT); Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society; Member of the IAU; Fellow of the Institute of Physics; Chartered Physicist; Director of the NATO ARW on `White Dwarfs: Advances in Observation and Theory', 1992; SERC/PPARC Advanced Fellow 1991-1998; Member HST TAC 2002/2004; Member Space Telescope Users Committee 2004-2008; Member Council of the Royal Astronomical Society 2005-2008; Head of Department, September 2005-May 2009; Member, Wakeham Panel on the health of physics in the UK 2008; Council of the Royal Astronomical Society 2005-2016, Member 2005-2008, Secretary 2008-2013, President-elect 2013-2014, President 2014-2016; Member STFC Council 2009-2015.; Member IAU Division XI/Commision 44 committee 2009-2015; PVC and founding Head, College of Science & Engineering 2009-2016; Pro-Vice-Chancellor Strategic Science Projects 2016-2019; Director, Leicester Institute of Space and Earth Observation 2016-2019; Chair Space Telescope Institute Council 2015-; Chair, UK Space Agency Science Programme Advisory Committee 2019-.

Project involvement - GO (IUE, EXOSAT, ROSAT, VOYAGER, EUVE, ASCA, HST, FUSE, GALEX), Archival (EUVE, IUE, Einstein, EXOSAT, FUSE, HST), Instrumentation (ROSAT, J-PEX, WSO, GAIA).

Martin Barstow joined the University of Leicester in 1979, becoming Professor of Astrophysics & Space Science (2003), Head of Physics & Astronomy (2005-09), Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of Science & Engineering (2009-16) and Pro-Vice Chancellor/Director of the Leicester Institute of Space & Earth Observation. His research is into hot white dwarf stars and the interstellar medium and he has published more than 400 papers. He has been involved in many space missions, including Voyager, ROSAT, EUVE, FUSE, Hubble and ESA’s Gaia astrometry mission. He has been a member of the ESA Astronomy Working Group, UKSA Science Programme Advisory Committee and president of the Royal Astronomical Society (2014-16). He is currently Chair of Space Telescope Institute Council, a member of the board of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy and was appointed Chair of the UK Space Agency Science Programme Advisory Committee in July 2019. He is the originator of the concept of Space Park Leicester, creating an economic space cluster with industry partners, and a leader in its development. He also leads the SPRINT project, supporting growth of small companies in the space sector.

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