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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)


The list below shows Durham University research staff who are members of IMEMS. Click the member's name to see a more detailed biography and department.

We also welcome anyone from outside the University with an interest in our work to join. Membership is free of charge. You will receive invitations to our programme of events, with a weekly emails digest about what is happening in the Insitute and further afield. To join IMEMS contact:

Prof Richard Bower, BA Physics, PhD.

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Responsibilities within department

Organisation of the astronomical computingfor the Level 4 astronomy projects.

Teaching activity

Post-graduate course in Statistical Methods in Astronomy

Research interests

My reasearch time is shared between observational andtheoretical cosmology.In particular, I work on the formation and evolution of galaxiesand clusters of galaxies. I am fascinated by the existence ofgalaxies and the ways in which they formed. Why is the nightsky so full of stars? What has made the different types ofgalaxies so different from each other? I like to speculate aboutwhat it would be like to live in a galaxy cluster. Interested? metoo. Take this link to find out more about my research interestsand recent papers...

Research Interests

  • Extragalactic astronomy and cosmology

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

  • Tanner, B. K., Bower, R. G., McLeish, T. C. B. & Gasper, Giles E. M. (2016). Unity and Symmetry in the De Luce of Robert Grosseteste. In Robert Grosseteste and the Pursuit of Religious and Scientific learning in the Middle-Ages. Cunningham, Jack P. & Hocknull, M. Springer. 18: 3-20.

Conference Paper

Doctoral Thesis

Journal Article

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics: Cosmology: the formation of galaxies and the universe we see.