Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics
Martin Rees has spent most of his working life as a university professor, his research interests being in astronomy and space science. He has lectured, written and broadcast extensively on these subjects, and has written several books for a general readership, including ‘Before the Beginning’, ‘Just Six Numbers’, ‘Our Cosmic Habitat’ and (forthcoming) ‘What we still don’t know’.
He is currently Master of Trinity College at Cambridge University. He is also Astronomer Royal, and a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London and at Leicester University.
Outside his academic work, he is on the Board of Trustees of the Science Museum and the Institute for Public Policy Research, and has served on many bodies connected with space exploration, international science and global problems such as energy, food supplies, and climate change. In 2005 he was appointed to the House of Lords, and he was President of the Royal Society for the period 2005-10. He was recently on Alan Milburn’s panel on ‘access to the professions’, and gave the BBC’s Reith Lectures last year.