Andy Lawrence




Andy is the Regius Professor of Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh. He works at the Institute for Astronomy, which together with the UK Astronomy Technology Centre makes up the Royal Observatory Edinburgh(ROE). The IfA is part of the School of Physics and Astronomy of the University.

The School of Physics and Astronomy is part of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA).

His research interests are in Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN), observational cosmology, survey astronomy, and e-science (the Virtual Observatory). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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Jan 23rd 2017

Modern astronomy has made some astonishing discoveries - how stars burn and how black holes form; galaxies from the edge of the universe and killer rocks right next door; where the elements come from and how the expanding universe is accelerating. But how do we know all that? The truth is that astronomy would be impossible without technology, and every advance in astronomy is really an advance in technology. But the technology by itself is not enough. We have to apply it critically with a knowledge of physics to unlock the secrets of the Universe.

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