Roger Blandford

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Roger David Blandford
Born (1949-08-28) 28 August 1949 (age 69)
Grantham, Lincolnshire
ResidenceUnited States
Alma materMagdalene College, Cambridge
St John's College, Cambridge
Institute for Advanced Study
AwardsHelen B. Warner Prize (1982)
Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics (1998)
Eddington Medal (1999)
Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (2013)
Scientific career
InstitutionsCalifornia Institute of Technology
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
Stanford University
Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology
Doctoral advisorMartin Rees
Doctoral studentsLars Hernquist

Roger David Blandford (born 1949), FRS FRAS, is a British theoretical astrophysicist, best known for his work on black holes.

Early life[edit]

Blandford was born in Grantham, England and grew up in Birmingham.


Blandford is famous in the astrophysical community for the Blandford-Znajek process which is a model for the extraction of energy from a black hole. In April 2005 he wrote a letter to the astronomy community showing his concern about the George W. Bush administration US space science policy.[1]

He is also the chair of Astro2010, the decadal survey that helps define and recommend funding priorities for U.S. astronomy research in the upcoming decade. The Astro2010 report was released August 13, 2010.[2]


Blandford is a Fellow of the Royal Society, Member of the U.S. National Academy of Science, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[3] He is currently Luke Blossom Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, Professor of Physics at Stanford University and at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) National Accelerator Laboratory.[4] He was the Pehong and Adele Chen Director, Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology from 2003 to 2013.[4][5]



  1. ^ Exploring the Universe - Physics Today April 2005 Archived 2007-04-17 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Washington, DC: National Academies Press. 2010. doi:10.17226/12951. ISBN 978-0-309-15799-5.
  3. ^ SLAC HEP Faculty: Roger Blandford Archived 2007-07-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
  6. ^ "The Crafoord Prizes in Mathematics and Astronomy 2016". Crafoord Prize. 13 January 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  7. ^ "2013 winners of the RAS awards, medals and prizes". Royal Astronomical Society. 10 January 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Roger D. Blandford received the Dannie Heineman Prize 1998 of the American Astronomical Society.", Physics Today, 51: R79, 1998, Bibcode:1998PhT....51R..79., doi:10.1063/1.2805876
  9. ^ "Roger D. Blandford received the Helen B. Warner Prize of the American Astronomical Society.", Physics Today, 36: Q68, 1983, Bibcode:1983PhT....36Q..68., doi:10.1063/1.2915596

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