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Dr Chris North


Dr Chris  North Position:Undergraduate Admissions Tutor, Community Engagement Coordinator Email:Chris.North ( at )
Telephone:029 208 70537

Research Interests

My research focuses on the SPIRE instrument onboard the Herschel Space Observatory, which observes far-infrared and submillimetre light from gas and dust in our galaxy and beyond. My specific work is relating to the calibration of the instrument, ensuring that the data produced is as accurate as possible. As well as scientific research, I an the UK Herschel Outreach Officer, based at Cardiff University though responsible for coordinating UK-wide outreach activities for the Herschel Space Observatory. This involves coordinating efforts of UK Herschel team members for large events, liaising with STFC, UKSA, ESA and NASA, as well as the press and media, and presenting the Herschel Space Observatory to schools and other groups. I am also a member of the team behind Chromoscope - one of the most popular online astronomy applications.


  • Module Tutor for PX1122, PX1222 & PX1125 (1st year Maths I, Maths II and Maths Practice)
  • Guest lecturer for PX1225 (1st year Planets and Exoplanets), PX2234 (2nd year Synoptic Physics)

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2001-2005: BA, MSci, University of Cambridge
2005-2008: DPhil, University of Oxford
2008-present: PDRA, Cardiff University
2008-2014: Astronomy Researcher and co-presenter, BBC Sky at Night