John A. Peacock

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John Peacock
Born John Andrew Peacock
(1956-03-27) 27 March 1956 (age 62)
Shaftesbury, England, UK
Alma mater Jesus College, Cambridge
Known for Large-scale structure of galaxies
Spouse(s) Heather Peacock
Awards Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2006)
Fellow of the Royal Society (2007)
Shaw Prize in Astronomy (2014)
Scientific career
Fields Astrophysics, Cosmology
Institutions University of Edinburgh
Thesis The radio spectra and cosmological evolution of extragalactic radio sources (1981)
Doctoral advisor Malcolm Longair,
J. Wall

John Andrew Peacock, FRS, FRSE (born 27 March 1956)[1] is a British cosmologist, astronomer, and academic. He has been Professor of Cosmology at the University of Edinburgh since 1998.[2] He was joint-winner of the 2014 Shaw Prize.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Peacock was born on 27 March 1956 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, England, to Arthur Peacock and Isobel Peacock (née Moir).[1][4] He studied Natural Sciences at Jesus College, Cambridge, and graduated with a first class Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1977.[1] He then undertook postgraduate research at the University of Cambridge's Cavendish Laboratory under the supervision of M. S. Longair and J. V. Wall.[1] He completed his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 1981 with a doctoral thesis titled "The radio spectra and cosmological evolution of extragalactic radio sources".[5]

Personal life[edit]

In 1982, Peacock married Heather. She is a nurse and medical educator. Together, they have three children.[6]


In 2006, Peacock was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE).[7] In 2007, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS).[8] In 2014, he was jointly awarded the Shaw Prize for Astronomy 'for their contributions to the measurements of features in the large-scale structure of galaxies used to constrain the cosmological model including baryon acoustic oscillations and redshift-space distortions'. His co-recipients were Daniel Eisenstein and Shaun Cole.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "Curriculum Vitae: John Andrew Peacock" (PDF). University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Biographical Notes of Laureates". The Shaw Prize Foundation. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "The Shaw Prize in Astronomy 2014". The Shaw Prize Foundation. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "PEACOCK, Prof. John Andrew". Who's Who 2016. Oxford University Press. November 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  5. ^ Peacock, J. A. (1981). "The radio spectra and cosmological evolution of extragalactic radio sources". E-Thesis Online Service. The British Library. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Autobiography - John A Peacock". Shaw Laureates. The Shaw Prize. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Directory 2013/14" (pdf). Royal Society of Edinburgh. 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Fellows". The Royal Society. Retrieved 5 June 2014.