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Professor Mark BirkinshawM.A., Ph.D.(Cantab.), C.Phys., M.Inst.P., F.R.A.S.

William P. Coldrick Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics

Mark Birkinshaw

Professor Mark BirkinshawM.A., Ph.D.(Cantab.), C.Phys., M.Inst.P., F.R.A.S.

William P. Coldrick Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics

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Research interests

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 am particularly known for making the first detections of the change in brightness of the microwave background radiation caused by inverse-Compton scattering in clusters of galaxies (the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect), and in demonstrating how this effect can be used to measure cosmological parameters.

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.

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Postal address:
HH Wills Physics Laboratory
Tyndall Avenue
Bristol
United Kingdom