John Campbell Brown

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John Campbell Brown
John Brown receiving the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society
John Brown receiving the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society
Born (1947-02-04) 4 February 1947 (age 72)
Known forCold Thick-Target Model

John Campbell Brown OBE FRSE (born 4 February 1947) is an astronomer, former Regius Professor, now Emeritus at University of Glasgow, Astronomer Royal for Scotland, and is an honorary professor at both University of Edinburgh and University of Aberdeen.

He is an Emeritus member of, and till 2010 he led, the Glasgow University research group in theory and modeling of solar and stellar plasmas and is especially involved in diagnosing solar high energy particles using data from spacecraft. For his world leadership in this field and his other contributions to astrophysical research and public outreach he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society. He participated in teaching astronomy at all levels, from 1st year undergraduate to postgraduate.[1] In his role as Astronomer Royal for Scotland, he gives public talks and performances with the objective of generating wider awareness of astronomy as a fun subject as well as a fundamental part of our culture.[2][3]

He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1984.[4] Brown was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to the promotion of astronomy and science education.[5]


  1. ^ "School of Physics and Astronomy People". Archived from the original on 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
  2. ^ "The Royal observatory, Edinburgh:Astronomer Royal for Scotland". Retrieved 2010-06-16.
  3. ^ "Astronomer Royal for Scotland". John C Brown. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
  4. ^ "RSE List of Fellows" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-03-16.
  5. ^ "No. 61608". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2016. p. B11.

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