Carole Mundell



1994 …2020

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Carole is Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy and Head of Astrophysics. She served as Head of the Department of Physics from 2016 to 2018 and is currently Chief Scientific Adviser at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

An observational astrophysicist, Carole began her research career as a radio astronomer at Jodrell Bank Observatory. She then diversified to exploit international ground- and space-based facilities across the electromagnetic spectrum with the goal of understanding cosmic black holes and their environments.

Following time at the University of Maryland, Carole brought a Royal Society University Research Fellowship to Liverpool John Moores University where she built and led an international team specializing in catching the fast-fading light from gamma ray bursts - the most powerful explosions in the Universe.

She was appointed Professor in 2007 and was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2011-2016) for the study of 'Black hole-driven explosions and the dynamic Universe'. She founded the Bath Astrophysics Group in 2015 and was named FDM Everywoman in Technology Woman of the Year 2016.

Carole has been involved in national and European research funding allocation and oversight of national and international astronomical facilities.

Her experience in strategic science policy advisory work has included technology, basic research and horizon scanning beyond astrophysics.

She is a committed communicator of science to the public and a vocal advocate for diversity in science.

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