Catherine Heymans

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Catherine Heymans is a British astrophysicist researcher, lecturer and academic based at the University of Edinburgh.


Heymans received a first class Masters in Physics at University of Edinburgh in 2000. In 2003 she received her PhD from University of Oxford. She won a series of prestigious fellowships at Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, University of British Columbia, Institut d'astrophysique de Paris and University of Edinburgh. In 2009 she was awarded a Starting Grant from the European Research Council and has since been made a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh.

Academic interests[edit]

Heymans is best known for her work on using the technique of cosmic Weak gravitational lensing to learn more about the Universe. She led the Shear Testing Programme STEP1 competition [1] and co-leads the lensing collaboration of the Canada France Hawaii Legacy Survey: CFHTLenS.[2]


  1. ^ "STEP: Shear TEsting Programme". 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2012-10-22. 
  2. ^ "News CFHT - Astronomers reach new frontiers of dark matter". Retrieved 2012-10-22.