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Durham University

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World top six ranking for space science

(19 February 2019)

Highly cited: (L-R) Professors Tom Theuns, Carlos Frenk, Adrian Jenkins and David Alexander

Durham University’s astrophysicists have been ranked joint sixth in the world for the quality and influence of their research in space science.

The Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers 2018 list also places our astronomers and cosmologists first in the UK and second in Europe for the strength of their research.

The list reflects the broad range and high quality of space science research we conduct, investigating galaxy formation, black holes, dark matter and dark energy.

Four of our researchers were among 122 worldwide whose work was highly cited by fellow scientists:

  • Professor David Alexander, a leading authority on the growth of black holes and their impact on the evolution of galaxies;
  • Professor Carlos Frenk, one of the world’s foremost researchers behind the theory of cold dark matter, the foundation of the current view of galaxy formation and the cosmic large-scale structure;
  • Professor Adrian Jenkins, a leading expert on cosmological simulations and the nature of dark matter;
  • Professor Tom Theuns, a recognised expert on cosmological simulations of the formation of galaxies and large structures in the Universe.

Space scientists

The Clarivate list recognises world class researchers selected for their exceptional research performance.

This is demonstrated by the production of multiple papers that are cited so often by other researchers that they rank in the top one per cent by citations in the Web of Science portal.

Our researchers are active members of a global community of astrophysicists, cosmologists and space scientists.

Astronomy & cosmology

With access to supercomputer technology and the world’s most powerful ground and space-based telescopes, Durham’s astronomers and cosmologists are searching for the answers to some of the biggest questions in physics today.

Questions include: How do galaxies form and what effect do black holes have on their evolution? What are dark matter and dark energy? What do galaxies tell us about the conditions of the early Universe? What will be the ultimate fate of the Universe?

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