Richard Massey

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Dr. Richard Massey (born 14 October 1977) is a physicist currently working as Royal Society Research Fellow in the Institute for Computational Cosmology at Durham University.[1] Previously he was a senior research fellow in astrophysics at the California Institute of Technology[2] and STFC Advanced Fellow at the Institute for Astronomy of the University of Edinburgh.[3] Massey graduated in Maths and Physics from the University of Durham in 2000 and was a member of Castle.[4] He completed his Ph.D at Cambridge (Clare College) in 2003, with a thesis entitled Weighing the Universe with weak gravitational lensing.[5]

Massey is most well known for his studies of dark matter, including the first 3D map of its large-scale distribution[6][7] and its behaviour during collisions.[8][9] He was awarded the 2011 Philip Leverhulme Prize in Astronomy and Astrophysics. He has featured in several TV documentaries, including BBC's Horizon documentary "How Big is the Universe?" in 2013[10] and online.[11][12]


  1. ^ "Dr R Massey - Durham University". Retrieved 2012-09-02.
  2. ^ "Caltech Astronomy".
  3. ^ "IfA People". Retrieved 2009-02-21.
  4. ^ Massey, Richard. "CV: Dr. Richard Massey". Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  5. ^ Massey, Richard. "CV: Dr. Richard Massey". Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  6. ^ Hubble makes 3D dark matter map Hubble makes 3D dark matter BBC news 7 January 2007 (accessed 9 July 2007)
  7. ^ Three-dimensional map of dark matter created. The Independent, 2 April 2007 (accessed 9 July 2007) Archived June 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ BBC News Cosmic crash unmasks dark matter
  9. ^ BBC News on research on Pandora Galaxy Cluster
  10. ^ IMDb
  11. ^ Apple Science Profiles
  12. ^ BBC News - Advancing through a decade

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