Prof Matt Griffin
Far infrared and submillimetre astronomy and instrumentation, especially developing technology and instruments for both ground-based and satellite-borne observatories. Recent and present activities include as Principal Investigator for the Herschel-SPIRE instrument, Coordinator of the SPACEKIDS FP-7 project, Co-I on FP-7 projects HELP (Herschel-related extragalactic astronomy) and FISICA (FIR interferometry technology development), and Co-I on BETTII (balloon-borne FIR interferometry pathfinder).
Measures of Esteem
Membership of external committees since 2010:
- ESF Space Science Advisory Committee (2006-2010)
- James Clerk Maxwell Telescope Board: Member, 2010 - 2012; Chair 2011-2012
- COSPAR International Working Group on The Future of Space Astronomy, 2010 - 2011
- STFC Science Board: Deputy Chair, 2010-2012; Chair, 2012 - April 2014
- UK Space Agency Space Science Advisory Committee: 2011 - present
- Royal Society Newton Fellowships Panel: 2010 - 2013
- University College Cork Research Quality Review, Physical Science Panel (Chair) 2015 - 2016
- Royal Astronomical Society Group Achievement Award: SCUBA Team, 2009
- Arthur C Clarke Individual Achievement Award, UK Space Conference, 2010
- French Association for Aeronautics and Astronautics Grand Prix award to Herschel/Planck Team, 2010
- Royal Astronomical Society Jackson-Gwilt medal, 2011
- Arthur C Clarke Academic Study/Research Achievement Award: Herschel-SPIRE Team, UK Space Conference, 2013
- Royal Astronomical Society, Group Achievement Award: Herschel-SPIRE Team, 2014
- Fellow of the Institute of Physics
- Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales
I currently teach on the first-year course "Electricity, Magnetism and Waves", and on the 4th year course "Instrumentation for Astronomy", and organise postgraduate lectures in Astronomy Instrumentation.
Head of School
I studied Electrical Engineering at University College Dublin, graduating in 1976, after which I worked in industry before doing a PhD in Astrophysics at Queen Mary College London, graduating in 1985. I remained at Queen Mary until 2001, when I joined the Astronomy Instrumentation Group at Cardiff University.
I currently co-supervise one PhD student.