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Martin Barstow is a Professor of Astrophysics and Space Science at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester[1] and the former President of the Royal Astronomical Society.[2]

Martin Barstow
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Prof. Martin Barstow presiding at the April 2015 meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society
Alma materYork University (BA), University of Leicester (PhD)
Known forPresident of the Royal Astronomical Society
Scientific career
FieldsAstronomy, space science
InstitutionsUniversity of Leicester,
Royal Astronomical Society


Barstow's research is on white dwarfs, the interstellar medium and UV instrumentation.[1]

Royal Astronomical SocietyEdit

Having been a Councillor and Secretary for the Royal Astronomical Society between 2005 and 2013, he was elected to be the 89th President of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2013.[2] After a year as President Elect he assumed the position of President in May 2014.[3][1]


  1. ^ a b c "University of Leicester Professor elected President of the Royal Astronomical Society". University of Leicester. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b Smith, Keith (10 May 2013). "Election results: new President and Council". Royal Astronomical Society. Retrieved 13 April 2015. Prof. Barstow will serve for one year as President Elect before succeeding the current President, Prof. David Southwood, in May 2014.
  3. ^ "List of presidents and dates of office". A brief history of the RAS. Royal Astronomical Society. Retrieved 3 February 2015.