Bob Nichol

Bob Nichol


  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation and External Relations), Directorate
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I finished my PhD in 1992 at the University of Edinburgh. I was then postdoctoral researcher at Northwestern University (1992-93) and the University of Chicago(1993-97). In 1997, I became an assistant professor of Physics at Carnegie Mellon University, and an associate professor in 2001. In 2004, I returned to the UK as at Marie Curie Professor at the University of Portsmouth. I became co-director of the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation in 2010. Since 2018, I have been Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation).  

Research Interests

My main research interests and projects include: Studies of the large-scale structure in the Universe (Euclid, SDSS-III BOSS); Supernovae (DES, LSST); Galaxy properties as a function of environment (Galaxy Zoo); Data science (DISCnet).

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., University of Edinburgh

BSc (Hons), University of Manchester

External positions

Euclid Consortium Board, Euclid Consortium

Euclid Science Team, European Space Agency - ESA

Science Board, Science and Technology Facilities Council

Spokesperson, Sloan Digital Sky Survey


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