Co-founder of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, UK

Martin Rees is the UK’s Astronomer Royal. He is based at Cambridge University where he is a Fellow (and Former Master) of Trinity College. He is a ‘crossbencher’ in the House of Lords and was President of the Royal Society for the period 2005-10. He obtained his MA and PhD from Cambridge and then held Research Fellowships and short-term posts in the US before becoming a professor at Sussex University. He then returned to Cambridge, where he was Professor of Astronomy, and for 9 years Director of the Institute of Astronomy. His research interests are in cosmology, relativistic astrophysics, galaxy formation and space science. He is a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Pontifical Academy, the Japan Academy and several other foreign academies and has honorary degrees from numerous universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and Yale. His awards include the Balzan Prize, the Bower Award for Science of the Franklin Institute, the Gruber Prize, the Crafoord Prize and the Templeton Prize.

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