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Prof Christopher Owen
Mullard Space Science Laboratory
Holmbury St Mary
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  • Professor of Physics
  • Dept of Space & Climate Physics
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Born in Gravesend in Kent.

Educated at Gravesend School for Boys, and then to Ph.D. level at Imperial College in London, supervised by Prof. Stan Cowley, FRS.

Spent 5 years working in the Electrodynamics Branch at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre with Dr. James Slavin.

A temporary Lectureship at Queen Mary and Westfield, University of London, led into the award of a Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council Advanced Fellowship that was held at UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) from 1999 to 2004.

Have since held a Readership position at UCL/MSSL and was promoted to full Professor in 2008.

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Research Summary

Space Plasma Physics and Magnetospheric Physics. Particular interests in the structure and dynamics of the geomagnetic tail, substorms and plasmoids. Also the solar wind, the solar wind-magnetospheric coupling at the dayside magnetopause, and the solar wind interaction with other bodies (e.g. the Moon, Mercury).

Member of the magnetometer team on WIND, co-investigator on the CLUSTER-II PEACE and FGM instruments, co-investigator on Double Star PEACE instrument.

Principal Investigator on the ESA Solar Orbiter Mission Solar Wind Analyser (SWA) Investigation - leading an international consortium providing a suite of sensors and joint DPU/electronic systems to fully characterise the electron, proton, alpha particle and heavy ion populations in the near-Sun (0.28 AU) solar wind.

Teaching Summary

Have lectured on Space Plasmas and Magnetospheric Physics at UCL for over 10 years.

Previously lectured a variety of Mathematics and Physics courses at Queen Mary and Westfield.

Regularly supervised both post-graduate and undergraduate taught course project work.

Have supervised the research of 7 graduated Ph.D. students, with 2 others currently in progress.

Have regularly taught and lectured on Space Plasmas at Summer Schools and other similar events.

01-OCT-2008 Professor of Physics Space and Climate Physics UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2003 – 30-SEP-2008 Reader in Space Plasma Physics Space and Climate Physics UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1999 – 30-SEP-2004 PPARC Advanced Fellow Space and Climate Physics UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1995 – 30-SEP-1999 Temporary Lecturer Astronomy Unit Queen Mary and Westfield, University of London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1992 – 30-SEP-1995 Senior Scientist Hughes STX NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, United States
01-OCT-1990 – 30-SEP-1992 NRC Resident Research Associate National Research Council Associate NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, United States
01-OCT-1988 – 30-SEP-1990 Post-Doctoral Research Assistant Dept of Physics Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1989   Doctor of Philosophy Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
1989   Diploma of the Imperial College Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
1985   Bachelor of Science (Honours) University of London
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