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Position - Head of Department and Professor of Astrophysics and Space Science, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Leicester;

Degrees - BA Physics (York) 1979, Ph.D. Physics (Leicester) 1983;

Distinctions - NASA Group Achievement Award 1991 (ROSAT); Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society; Member of the IAU; Fellow of the Institute of Physics; Chartered Physicist; Director of the NATO ARW on `White Dwarfs: Advances in Observation and Theory', 1992; SERC/PPARC Advanced Fellow 1991-1998; Member HST TAC 2002/2004; Member Space Telescope Users Committee 2004-; Head of Department, September 2005-.

Project involvement - GO (IUE, EXOSAT, ROSAT, VOYAGER, EUVE, ASCA, HST, FUSE, GALEX), Archival (EUVE, IUE, Einstein, EXOSAT, FUSE, HST), Instrumentation (ROSAT, J-PEX, WSO, GAIA).

Martin Barstow has a strong background in the analysis of X-ray, EUV, UV, optical and infrared data from white dwarfs. He has also been involved in the development and operation of micro-channel plate (MCP) detectors in the UV, EUV and X-ray spectral ranges. He carried out his PhD research by developing a rocket-borne wide-field EUV payload utilizing MCPs. He served as Detector Scientist for the ROSAT Wide Field Camera and was responsible for detector calibration and testing. He was involved in the development of a novel high spectral resolution, high throughput normal incidence EUV spectrometer for flight on a NASA sounding rocket. He has also made internationally recognised contributions to the study of hot white dwarfs and coronally active stars through the analysis and interpretation of ground and space based observations in optical, UV, EUV and X-ray wavebands. Complementing this has been an active programme of theoretical studies of the white dwarf atmospheres and the interstellar medium.


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