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Prof Jonathan Rawlings
Room 401, 4th floor Lewis's Building
Dept. Physics and Astronomy, UCL, Gower Street
Tel: 020 3549 5816
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  • Professor of Astrophysics
  • Dept of Physics & Astronomy
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

I was an undergraduate at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge where I gained a BA in Natural Sciences (Physics) in 1982. I obtained an MSc in Astronomy from the University of Sussex in 1983 and a PhD in Molecular Astrophysics from UMIST in 1986. I spent a further three years at UMIST as a SERC Postdoctoral Research Assistant (1986-89) and was a Research Assistant at the Max Planck Institute, Munich, in 1990. I then held a SERC Research Fellowship at Oxford (1990-2) before returning to UMIST as a Research Associate/Temporary Lecturer (1992-4). I took up a Lectureship at UCL in 1994, was promoted to Reader in 2001 and Professor in 2006. I have served on several PPARC/IAU/RSC committees etc.

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Research Summary

My research interests cover a wide range of theoretical and observational topics in molecular astrophysics, but are largely centred on the study of stellar outflows and protostellar inflows. Major areas of activity include: molecule and dust formation (and evolution) in the ejecta of novae and other strongly irradiated circumstellar environments, the chemistry of excited state atomic/molecular species, and low mass star-forming regions, with a special interest in the earliest stages of protostellar infall.

Academic Background
1986   Doctor of Philosophy University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
1983   Master of Science University of Sussex
1982   Master of Arts (Hons) University of Cambridge
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