Institutional Research Information Service
UCL Logo
Please report any queries concerning the funding data grouped in the sections named "Externally Awarded" or "Internally Disbursed" (shown on the profile page) to your Research Finance Administrator. Your can find your Research Finance Administrator at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/finance/research/post_award/post_award_contacts.php by entering your department
Please report any queries concerning the student data shown on the profile page to:

Email: portico-services@ucl.ac.uk

Help Desk: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ras/portico/helpdesk
 More search options
Prof Lidia Van Driel-Gesztelyi
Mullard Space Science Laboratory
Holmbury St. Mary
Tel: 01483 204906
Fax: 01483 278312
  • Professor of Physics
  • Dept of Space & Climate Physics
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences


1974, Univ. Diploma in Astronomy and Physics, Eotvos University, Budapest, Hungary.

1990, PhD Thesis, Charles University, Prague, Czechoslovakia.

2004, DSc Thesis, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary.

Employment history 

1974-1979 Scientific research assistant, Heliophysical Observatory, Hungary.
1979-1992 scientific research fellow, Heliophysical Observatory, Hungary.
1998-1992 guest researcher, Astronomical Institute, Univ. of Utrecht, The Netherlands.
1992-1994 guest researcher, ISAS & Kiso Observatory of Tokyo Univ., Japan.
1994 - guest researcher, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, France.
1994-2004 senior scientific fellow, (part-time, 33 %) Konkoly Obs. Hungary.
2000-2003 senior lecturer (part-time, 25%), MSSL, University College London, UK.
2001-2003 research fellow (part-time, 65%), K.U. Leuven, Belgium.
2003-2006 senior lecturer (part-time, 60%), MSSL, University College London, UK.
2006 - reader (part-time, 60%), MSSL, University College London, UK.
2004 - scientific consultant (part-time, 33%), Konkoly Observatory, Hungary.
2013- professor (part-time, 60%), MSSL, University College London, UK. 

Research Groups
Research Themes
Research Summary

Main research subjects:

- Emergence and decay of magnetic flux on the solar surface

- Long-term evolution of active regions

- Coronal mass ejections

- Magnetic helicity

- Coronal heating

- Flows in the solar atmosphere and generation of the solar wind

Teaching Summary

Undergraduate and MSc courses:

2003 - 2013: Solar physics course (4th-year BSc Physics and Astronomy, MSc in Space Science, MSc in Spacecraft Technology and Satellite Communications) at UCL. This course consists of 30 lectures (four problem sheets), which I taught jointly with Dr. S.A. Matthews (2003-2008), Prof. K. Phillips (2008-2012) and D.R. Williams (2012-13), and I am presently teaching with Prof. Lucie M. Green and Dr. David M. Long (2016-17) The number of students ranges from 20 to 45.

Academic supervision: 

Supervisor or co-supervisor of seven PhD, one MPhil, and four MSc projects (University College London, UK). PhD students: Christopher Goff (2005), Gemma Attrill (2008), Deborah Baker (2010), Ehsan Pedram (2013), Jack Carlyle (2016), Alvina On (ongoing), Alexander James (ongoing); Jack Jenkins (ongoing). MPhil student: Sally Dacie (2017). MSc students: Thibaut Lurton (2005), Rahul Patel (2005), Juie Shetye (2012), Daniela Weston (2015).

Academic Background
2004 DSC Doctor of Science – Astronomy Hungarian Academy of Sciences
1990 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Mathematics and Physics Univerzita Karlova v Praze
Please report any queries concerning the data shown on this page to https://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/helpdesk/helpdesk_web_form.php
University College London - Gower Street - London - WC1E 6BT Tel:+44 (0)20 7679 2000

© UCL 1999–2011

Search by