Glenn White

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Glenn J. White is Professor of Astronomy at the Open University, UK, and Research Group Leader of the Astronomy Group at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. He carries out research on star formation and on exoplanets.

Scientific career[edit]

After studying radio astronomy at Jodrell Bank Observatory, the University of Manchester and at the University of Kent (1969–1972), he worked for a short period in x-ray astronomy at the University of Leicester, before joining Queen Mary College, University of London in 1976. He was Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of London (1993–2000), Professor of Space Science at the University of Kent (2000–2005), and is Professor of Astronomy at the Open University, a post held jointly with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory since 2005. He has also held visiting positions at the University of Tokyo (1987), the University of Stockholm (1998) and the University of Cambridge (1999). He was involved in the early development of astronomical millimetre and submillimetre wavelength astronomy in the 1970s and 1980s.

He is working on problems in star formation and submillimeter wavelength spectroscopy studies of the gas that forms stars, and has also studied the interaction of radio signals with plants and biological material. He is developing space missions to detect the atmospheres of Earth-like extrasolar planets, such as the European Space Agency's Darwin Mission, and the Japanese Space Agency's AKARI mission,[1] which was successfully launched in February 2006, and the Herschel Space Observatory.


  • The Royal_Astronomical_Society Group Achievement Award, 2014 (awarded for the design, construction and delivery of the Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE) bolometer-based instrument as part of the instrument suite for ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory.)[2]
  • The Sir Arthur Clarke Award, 2013 (awarded for Team working on the HERSCHEL-SPIRE space mission)[3]
  • Daiwa Adrian Prize, 2004 (Co-holder for work on the Japanese AKARI Space mission)[4]
  • The Kelvin Lectureship in Physics, of the British Association, 1991 (awarded for Popularisation of Science)


White is an occasional contributor to the media, including the television programme The Sky At Night,[5] The Sunday Times[6] and BBC One.[7]

He is a member of the Editorial board of Advances in Astronomy[8] and is an Associate Editor of The Journal of Astronomical and Astrophysical Research.[9]


  1. ^ "ASTRO-F Mission". Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  2. ^ Royal Astronomical Society. "Winners of the 2014 awards, medals and prizes - full details". Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  3. ^ The British Interplanetary Society. "Sir Arthur Clarke Awards 2013 Winners". Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
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  5. ^ "BBC Media Player". Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  6. ^ "Science | The Times". 2013-11-03. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  7. ^ "Science/Nature | New 'super-Earth' found in space". BBC News. 2007-04-25. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  8. ^ "Advances in Astronomy — An Open Access Journal". Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  9. ^ "Global Science and Technology Forum: Journal of Astronomical and Astrophysical Research (JAAR)". Retrieved 2013-11-21. 

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