Biographical Note of Professor John A PEACOCK

Professor John Peacock studied Natural Sciences as an undergraduate at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he also completed a PhD in Radio Astronomy in 1981. He then moved to Edinburgh, initially working as a Research Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, before joining the University of Edinburgh as Professor of Cosmology in 1998. He was Head of Astronomy there between 2007 and 2013. Between 2015 and 2020, he will hold an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council.

His research interests lie at the interface of observational and theoretical cosmology: the evolution of active galaxies; gravitational lensing; galaxy formation and evolution; large-scale clustering. He was UK Chairman of the 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey (1999–2005). He is the author of “Cosmological Physics”, a highly successful postgraduate textbook.

Professor Peacock has received many significant awards for his work: most notably election as a Fellow of the Royal Society (2007) and the Shaw Prize in Astronomy (2014).