|             Contact Address:||Institute of Astronomy||   |
|Madingley Road|| |
|Tel.: (0)1223 337553|
|Mob.: (UK)077 1421 8670|
Joined the Royal Greenwich Observatory (RGO) from Bryanston School in 1962. After obtaining a BSc at University College London, he was posted to the Royal Observatory at the Cape of Good Hope, S Africa (now known as the South African Astronomical Observatory) and spent the next 24 years, working first at the Radcliffe Observatory in Pretoria and then at the SAAO in Cape Town.
Obtained his doctorate at the University of Cape Town on The Properties of the SC Stars and the Chemical Composition of UY Cen, under the supervision of Prof. Brian Warner. In 1991 he returned to the RGO in Cambridge, until it closed in 1998, when he moved to Greenwich as Senior Astronomer.
In 1981 Robin married the sculptor Gill Wiles. They currently live just outside Cambridge, UK.
He has authored and co-authored over 100 research papers and articles
and used a number of telescopes around the world including the
Hubble Space Telescope. Research interests include the composition
of stars, exploding stars, the structure of our Galaxy and
galaxies with black holes at their centres. His current research interest is
in the structure of the Bulge of our Milky Way Galaxy, as shown
by Mira variables.
Regularly lectures at the Cambridge International Science Summer School and for Summer Schools at Downing and Pembroke Colleges as well as on Cruise Ships
and at Game Lodges in South Africa and Namibia.
Are We Star Dust or Nuclear Waste?
Asteroids Comets and Impacts. Should we worry?
From here to the Edge of the Observable Universe
The Sun and Climate Change
What is New in Our Solar System
The Star of Bethlehem
Robin was involved in the development of the new Astronomy Centre at the Royal Observatory Greenwich and in particular originated the design of the Truncated Cone, clad in 33 tons of bronze, that covers the Peter Harrison Planetarium, opened by the Queen in 2007. The design is unique to the latitude of Greenwich and references significant astronomical directions, as shown in the right hand diagram.
Designed the Time Tower, hung in the Queen's House Tulip staircase, illustrating all the time in the universe. Also a four minute video sequence showing the birth and death of stars, projected onto the ceiling of The Great Hall of the Queen's House.
Various graphs and drawings related to astronomy.
Models of the Royal Observatory Greenwich Cone.
Worshipfull Company of Clock Makers
American Astronomical Society
The South African Archaeological Society
The Naval Club