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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Staff and Governance

Core Staff

The day-to-day running of IMEMS is the responsibility of the Core Executive Committee, comprising the Director and Associate Directors and the Administrator. 

Prof Richard Bower, BA Physics, PhD.

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Professor in the Department of Physics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43526
Room number: ocw214
Room number: OCW214

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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 Groups

Department of Physics

Research Projects

Department of History

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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Full Executive Committee

Our Full Executive Committee is made up of the Core Executive Committee, listed above, plus a number of executive members including:

International Advisory Board

We are extremely fortunate to have be able to call on the help and guidance of colleagues from around the world who help to shape and guide our direction, strategy and international reach. Our current Advisory Board members are: