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Name Professor Mark Birkinshaw
Job title William P. Coldrick Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics
Department School of Physics University of Bristol
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Telephone number work(0117) 928 8775
Qualifications MA, PhD(Cantab), CPhys, MInstP, FRAS
Professional details
Membership of professional bodies International Astronomical Union
American Astronomical Society
Royal Astronomical Society
Institute of Physics
Keywords astronomy
space science
plasma physics
Areas of expertise I work on the large-scale structure of the Universe and the properties of the massive objects contained within it, using both observation and theory.

I worked on NASA's Chandra satellite before launch, and use it and other space-based and ground-based telescopes from X-ray to optical to radio bands to study galaxies, especially those hosting massive black holes and showing signs of unusual activity.

In these areas I give professional and public presentations, but I also speak and write on more general astronomical and cosmological topics.
Media experience I have done a number of pieces for BBC local radio and Radio 4, and written articles of varying lengths for public and semi-professional publications. I give several public lectures each year, to astronomical societies and more general audiences.