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Prof Matt Griffin


Prof Matt  Griffin Position:Head of School Email:Matt.Griffin ( at )
Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 74203
  Webpage:Personal Page.

Research Interests

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.

Admin Duties

Head of School


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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.

Postgraduate Students

I currently co-supervise one PhD student.