I have a PhD in astrophysics; my main research area being Airborne Astronomy using NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). I am the only UK based astronomer working on SOFIA. I lecture in astrophysics, physics and maths, and am also a frequent contributor on astronomy and physics to radio and TV. I have talked on the BBC, S4C and ITV in the United Kingdom; and CBS, C-SPAN, ABC and PBS in the United States. I have given talks at conferences and astronomical societies around the World.
Having decided not to apply to Oxbridge, I obtained a BSc with 1st class honours in Physics from Imperial College London, consistently rated the best Physics department in the United Kingdom. I obtained my PhD in Astrophysics from Cardiff University, my thesis was on the amount and extent of dust in normal spiral galaxies. I have worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Chicago and was a Professor of Physics and Astrophysics at Swarthmore College, one of the top rated 4-year undergraduate liberal arts colleges in the USA.
I have a wide range of interests outside of astrophysics; including science in general, music, sport (particularly rugby, running, tennis and football), photography, movies, reading and politics. I will try to update this blog 3-4 times a week with random thoughts about life, the Universe, or anything.
I can be contacted through my Cardiff University e-mail account which is
rhodri.evans at astro.cf.ac.uk (replace the “at” with the “at” symbol) and I have recently set up my own webpage to highlight my writing and media work – see rhodrievansastronomy.co.uk