Andrew Fabian

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Andrew Christopher Fabian
Born (1948-02-20) 20 February 1948 (age 68)
Residence Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Nationality Flag of the United Kingdom.svg British
Fields Astronomy
Institutions Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
Darwin College, Cambridge
Alma mater King's College London
University College, London
Mullard Space Science Laboratory
Thesis The small scale isotropy of the cosmic X-ray background (1972)
Doctoral advisor Peter W. Sanford[1]
Doctoral students Carolin Crawford
Notable awards Fellow of the Royal Society (1996)
Bruno Rossi Prize (2001)
Order of the British Empire (2006)
Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics (2008)
Gold Medal of the RAS (2012)
Bruce Medal (2016)

Andrew Christopher Fabian, OBE,[2] FRS (born 20 February 1948) is a British astronomer and astrophysicist. He has been Director of the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge since 2013. He was a Royal Society Research Professor at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge from 1982 to 2013, and Vice-Master of Darwin College, Cambridge from 1997 to 2012. He was the President of the Royal Astronomical Society from May 2008 through to 2010.[3]

He is an Emeritus Professor of Astronomy at Gresham College, a position in which he delivered free public lectures within the City of London between 1982 and 1984.[4] He was also editor-in-chief of the astronomy journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. He was educated at King's College London (BSc, Physics) and University College London (PhD).

His current areas of research include galaxy clusters, active galactic nuclei, strong gravity, black holes and the X-ray background. He has also worked on X-ray binaries, neutron stars and supernova remnants in the past. Much of his research involves X-ray astronomy and high energy astrophysics. His notable achievements include his involvement in the discovery of broad iron lines emitted from active galactic nuclei, for which he was jointly awarded the Bruno Rossi Prize. He is author of over 1000 refereed articles[5] and head of the X-ray astronomy group at the Institute of Astronomy.[6] Fabian was awarded the Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics by the American Astronomical Society in 2008 and the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2012.[7]

In 2016 he was elected as a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences[8] and awarded the Bruce Gold Medal by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.[9]


  1. ^ Andrew Fabian at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 58014. p. 10. 17 June 2006.
  3. ^ RAS press release Archived July 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ List of Astronomy Professors on the Gresham College website
  5. ^ ADS, last run 16 July 2015
  6. ^ Institute of Astronomy X-ray Group
  7. ^ "RAS honours leading astronomers and geophysicists". Royal Astronomical Society. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  8. ^ National Academy of Sciences Members and Foreign Associates Elected, News from the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, May 3, 2016, retrieved 2016-05-14 
  9. ^ "Past Recipients of the Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal". Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Retrieved 1 September 2016.