paul crowther

1969 NGC 300X-1 R136 R136a1 1998

``We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.'' (Oscar Wilde)

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I'm a Professor of Astrophysics in the astrophysics group and the Director of Teaching for the Department of Physics & Astronomy (joint 7th in RAE 2008) at Sheffield University (10th in the UK from ARWU 2011). My primary research interests involve studies of Massive Stars in the Milky Way and other star-forming galaxies, for which I have published over 120 ADS refereed and 100 ADS non-refereed papers, including an Annual Review article on the properties of Wolf-Rayet stars and co-authored a monograph From Luminous Hot Stars to Starburst Galaxies for Camb. Univ. Press. In addition to my role as Departmental Director of Teaching, I also teach astrophysics modules on Stellar Atmospheres, Stellar Evolution and the Interstellar Medium, and oversee Problem Solving in Astrophysics. Undergraduate 3rd and 4th year projects are closely related to my research interests, e.g. Wolf-Rayet database assembled by two M.Phys students. See also stars just got bigger ESO Press Release from Jul 2010 (see FAQ and Deep Sky Videos film about R136a1) and a review of the Birth, Life and Death of Massive Stars for Astronomy & Geophysics from Aug 2012 (view pdf).

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`` There are things we know we know.
We also know there are known unknowns.
There are things we do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns,
the ones we don't know we don't know.''
(Donald Rumsfeld)