Martin Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow
|The Lord Rees of Ludlow|
Martin Rees at Jodrell Bank in 2007
|Born||Martin John Rees
23 June 1942 
York, England, UK
|Institutions||Trinity College, Cambridge
University of Sussex
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge|
|Thesis||Physical processes in radio sources and inter-galactic medium (1969)|
|Doctoral advisor||Dennis Sciama|
|Doctoral students||Roger Blandford,
|Known for||Cosmic microwave background radiation, quasars
President of Royal Society
|Notable awards||Balzan Prize (1989),
Bower Award (1998),
Gruber Prize in Cosmology (2001),
Michael Faraday Prize (2004),
Crafoord Prize (2005)
Order of Merit (2007),
Templeton Prize (2011)
Isaac Newton Medal (2012)
Sir Martin John Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow, Kt OM FRS (born 23 June 1942, York, England) is a British cosmologist and astrophysicist. He has been Astronomer Royal since 1995 and was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge from 2004 to 2012 and President of the Royal Society between 2005 and 2010.
Rees was educated at Bedstone College, then from the age of 13 at Shrewsbury School and Trinity College, Cambridge (where he attained a first class degree in mathematics) and a PhD under Dennis Sciama.
After holding post-doctoral research positions in the United Kingdom and the United States, he taught at Sussex University and the University of Cambridge, where he was the Plumian Professor until 1991, and the director of the Institute of Astronomy. From 1992 to 2003, he was Royal Society Research Professor, and from 2003 Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics. He was Professor of Astronomy at Gresham College, London, in 1975 and became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1979. He holds Visiting Professorships at Imperial College London and at the University of Leicester and is an Honorary Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge and Jesus College, Cambridge. He has received honorary degrees from a number of universities including Sussex, Uppsala, Toronto, Durham, Oxford, Yale, Melbourne and Sydney. He belongs to several foreign academies, including the US National Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. He has been President of the Royal Astronomical Society (1992–94) and the British Association (1995–96), and was a Member of Council of the Royal Institution of Great Britain until 2010. Rees is the author of more than 500 research papers, and he has made important contributions to the origin of cosmic microwave background radiation, as well as to galaxy clustering and formation. His studies of the distribution of quasars led to final disproof of Steady State theory.
He was one of the first to propose that enormous black holes power quasars, and that superluminal astronomical observations can be explained as an optical illusion caused by an object moving partly in the direction of the observer. In recent years he has worked on gamma-ray bursts, especially in collaboration with Peter Mészáros, and on how the “cosmic dark ages” ended when the first stars formed. In a more speculative vein, he has (from the 1970s onwards) been interested in anthropic reasoning, and the possibility that our visible universe is part of a vaster “multiverse”.
He is also a well-respected author of books on astronomy and science intended for the lay public and gives many public lectures and broadcasts. In 2010 he was chosen to deliver the Reith Lectures for the BBC, now published as "From Here to Infinity: Scientific Horizons". Rees believes the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence is worthwhile, even though the chance of success is small.
In 2005, Rees was elevated to a life peerage, sitting as a crossbencher in the House of Lords as Baron Rees of Ludlow, of Ludlow in the County of Shropshire. In 2005, he was awarded the Crafoord Prize.
He became President of the Royal Society on 1 December 2005  and continued until the end of the Society's 350th Anniversary Celebrations in 2010. In 2011, he was awarded the Templeton Prize. As well as expanding his scientific interests, Rees has written and spoken extensively about the problems and challenges of the 21st century, and the interfaces between science, ethics and politics. He is a member of the Board of the Institute for Advanced Study, in Princeton, the IPPR, the Oxford Martin School and the Gates Cambridge Trust. He is also one of three founders of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk. He has formerly been a Trustee of the British Museum and the Science Museum.
- Heineman Prize (1984)
- Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (1987)
- Balzan Prize (1989) for High Energy Astrophysics
- Knight Bachelor (1992)
- Bruce Medal (1993)
- Bruno Rossi Prize (2000)
- Gruber Prize in Cosmology (2001)
- Albert Einstein World Award of Science (2003) 
- Henry Norris Russell Lectureship of the American Astronomical Society (2004)
- Lifeboat Foundation's Guardian Award (2004)
- Royal Society's Michael Faraday Prize for science communication (2004)
- Life Peerage (2005)
- Crafoord Prize, with James Gunn and James Peebles (2005)
- Order of Merit-the personal gift of The Queen (2007)
- Caird Medal of the National Maritime Museum (2007)
- Templeton Prize (2011)
- Isaac Newton Medal (2012)
Named after him
- Cosmic Coincidences: Dark Matter, Mankind, and Anthropic Cosmology (coauthor John Gribbin), 1989, Bantam, ISBN 0-553-34740-3
- New Perspectives in Astrophysical Cosmology, 1995, ISBN 0-521-64544-1
- Gravity's Fatal Attraction: Black Holes in the Universe, 1995, ISBN 0-7167-6029-0, 2nd edition 2009, ISBN 0-521-71793-0
- Before the Beginning - Our Universe and Others, 1997, ISBN 0-7382-0033-6
- Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe, 1999, ISBN 0-297-84297-8
- Our Cosmic Habitat, 2001, ISBN 0-691-11477-3
- Our Final Hour: A Scientist's Warning: How Terror, Error, and Environmental Disaster Threaten Humankind's Future In This Century—On Earth and Beyond (UK title: Our Final Century: Will the Human Race Survive the Twenty-first Century?), 2003, ISBN 0-465-06862-6
- What We Still Don't Know ISBN 978-0-7139-9821-4 yet to be published.
- From Here to Infinity: Scientific Horizons, 2011, ISBN 978-1-84668-5033
- "‘REES OF LUDLOW’, Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press".(subscription required)
- GRO Register of Births: SEP 1942 9c 1465 YORK - Martin J. Rees, mmn=Bett
- "Astronomer Royal". The official website of the British Monarchy. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
- List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
- Rees, Martin (1967). Physical Processes in Radio Sources and the Intergalactic Medium (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge.
- FT Magazine Inventory: Martin Rees
- Rees, M. J. (1984). "Black Hole Models for Active Galactic Nuclei". Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics 22: 471–506. Bibcode:1984ARA&A..22..471R. doi:10.1146/annurev.aa.22.090184.002351.
- Rees, M. J. (1966). "Appearance of Relativistically Expanding Radio Sources". Nature 211 (5048): 468–470. Bibcode:1966Natur.211..468R. doi:10.1038/211468a0.
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00sj9lh The Reith Lectures 2010: The Scientific Citizen by Martin Rees
- Interview with Paul Broks in Prospect magazine, March 2010
- Sir Martin Rees appointed to Lords (1 August 2005)
- Professor Sir Martin Rees wins Crafoord Prize (10 February 2005)
- Martin Rees tipped to head Royal Society (29 March 2005)
- Martin Rees nomination for new President of the Royal Society (29 March 2005)
- Martin Rees wins controversial Templeton Prize (6 April 2011)
- Dark Materials: The legacy of Joseph Rotblat 2006-06-10
- Podcast of Lecture "The World in 2050" given at the James Martin 21st Century School, University of Oxford, February 2009
- Lewsey, Fred (25 November 2012). "Humanity's last invention and our uncertain future". Research News (University of Cambridge). Retrieved 28 January 2013.
- "Albert Einstein World Award of Science 2003". Retrieved August 13, 2013.
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- TED profile 2005 talk: Is this our final century?
- Interviews with Charlie Rose 2003 and 2008
- New Statesman Interviews Martin Rees This interview was originally published on 6 April 2010 of New Statesman
|Master of Trinity College, University of Cambridge