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Prof Bernard F Schutz


Prof Bernard F Schutz Position:Director, Data Innovation Institute Email:Bernard.Schutz ( at )
Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 74000 (ext. 77329)

Research Interests

My current position as Director of the Data Innovation Institute allows me to expand my previous data science research, where I have been active in areas like the reproducibility of research and user interfaces/workflows. My principal research over the last 40 years has been in the study of the physics and astrophysics of possible gravitational wave sources, including black holes and neutron stars; and in methods of analyzing data from gravitational wave detectors to discover and study gravitational waves. I am the Principal Investigator responsible for data analysis for the GEO600 collaboration, which is part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. I am also a member of the eLISA Science Team, which guides the development of the ESA mission to place a gravitational wave detector in space. eLISA is currently approved for launch in 2034-6.

Measures of Esteem

I am a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, a member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina, and a member of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, Uppsala. I have been awarded the Amaldi Gold Medal of the Italian Society for Gravitation and the honorary degree of Doctor of Science by Glasgow University. I am an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a Fellow of the International Society for General Relativity and Gravitation, a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK).


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I was born and educated in the USA, and came to Cardiff for my first academic teaching position as a lecturer in 1974. In 1995, then a full professor, I became part time in Cardiff to take a full time position as a director of the new Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam, Germany ( I retired from that position in 2014 and returned to Cardiff to help set up the new Data Innovation Institute, one of Cardiff's University Research Institutes.