Royal Society Research Professor in Astronomy: Andrew Fabian
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, UK

Prof. Fabian is recognized for his exceptional contribution to astrophysics over more than four decades. He is best known for his work on black holes and on the gas found in the cores of clusters of galaxies, both of which are strong sources of X‐rays. Beyond this, Professor Fabian has examined the origin of high‐energy radiation throughout the Universe and contributed to many other areas of X-ray astronomy.

Prof. Fabian is the author of more than 891 peer reviewed papers in MNRAS, ApJ, Nature, etc. that have attracted more than 47,255 citations (ADS). Prof. Fabian's contribution to the broader astronomical community has been exemplary, from mentoring early career scientists to working as editor‐in‐chief for the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. From 2008 to 2010 he was President of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), representing UK astronomers and geophysicists, during a period of severe and growing financial pressure, with distinction and strong leadership. The recipient of numerous international awards and prizes, Prof. Fabian received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2006 in recognition of his services to science.

Education:
  • 1969 University of London (King's College); B.Sc. (1st Class Hon., Physics)
  • 1972 University of London (University College); Ph.D.
  • 1972 Carey Foster Research Prize (jointly), UCL
  • 1988 University of Cambridge, MA, 1988
Posts held:
  • Jan 1982 ‐ present, Royal Society Research Professor in Astronomy, University of Cambridge;
  • Dec 1997 ‐ May 2012, Vice‐Master Darwin College, Cambridge;
  • Oct 1977 ‐ Dec 1981 Radcliffe Fellow in Astronomy;
  • 1975 ‐ 1978 Non‐stipendiary Research Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge;
  • Oct 1975 ‐ Sept 1977 Research Associate, Institute of Astronomy (IoA);
  • Oct 1973 ‐Sept 1975 SRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at above;
  • Oct 1972 ‐ Sept 1973 Postdoctoral Research Assistant, MSSL/UCL
Named Lectures:
  • 1996 George Darwin Lecture, Royal Astronomical Society;
  • 2000 Lindsey Lecture, Goddard Space Flight Center;
  • 2011 Petrie Prize Lecturer, Canadian Astronomical Society
Fellowships, Awards, Honours:
  • 1996 Fellow of the Royal Society;
  • 1983 Fellow Darwin College, Cambridge;
  • 2001 Rossi Prize, American Astronomical Society (jointly with Y Tanaka);
  • 2006 Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE);
  • 2008 Dannie Heineman Prize of the AAS and AIP
  • 2008 ‐ 2010 President of the Royal Astronomical Society;
  • 2012 Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society;
  • 2012 Mohler Prize, University of Michigan
Membership of Panels/Committees:
  • 1976 ‐ 1979 SRC Theory Panel;
  • 1978 ‐ 1980 SRC Leicester Assessment Panel;
  • 1979 ‐ 1982 SRC MSSL Assessment Panel;
  • 1974 ‐ 1978 ESA Observation Programme Panel for EXOSAT;
  • 1976 ESA Mission Definition Study Team for Transient X‐ray Source Satellite;
  • 1979 ‐ 2008 Editorial Board of Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (with primary responsibility for X‐ray astronomy) and Editor in Chief 1997‐2008;
  • 1982 ‐ 1983 Vice President, Royal Astronomical Society;
  • 1980 ‐ 1983 ESA Astrophysics Working Group;
  • 1982 ‐ 1985 SERC ASR Board;
  • 1985 ‐ 1988 SERC PATT Chairman;
  • 1991 ‐ 1993 SERC Education, Training and Fellowship Panel;
  • 1985 ‐ NASA AXAF SWG; March 1988 NASA ADAP Senior Review;
  • 1994 ‐ 2008 Managing Editor of MNRAS;
  • 1994 ESA Horizon 2000 + review, Chairman of Topical Team for High Energy Astrophysics;
  • Occasional member of PPARC Rolling Grant Review Panels, RAP, etc.;
  • 1999, 2002, 2006, 2010 XMM OTAC, Chair of AGN or Clusters Panel;
  • 1999 ‐ 2001 and 2010‐2012 Royal Society URF Selection Panel;
  • 2001, 2005 Chandra Proposal Review, Panel Chair;
  • 2003 Chandra Fellowship Panel;
  • 1999 ‐ 2004 Fachbeirat MPIfE Garching, Chair;
  • 2004 HST Proposal Review, Panel Chair;
  • 2008+ ERC PE9 Panel Member
  • 2009‐2012 Kavli Prize Committee;
  • 2011+ Science Advisory Committee Chair for IUCAA India;
  • 2011 Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Review Panel
  • 2012 Gruber Cosmology Prize Panel
Space Astronomy:
  • Interdisciplinary scientist for AXAF/Chandra
  • Co‐I, HETG/MEG on AXAF/Chandra
  • ISAS (Japan) Mission Adviser ASCA, Suzaku
  • Chair, Science Advisory Committee for ASTRO‐H
  • Science Definition Team member for the International X‐ray Observatory
  • Science Team Leader for GRAVITAS
  • Science Working Group for ATHENA
  • Science Team Member for LOFT
Conferences/Workshops:
  • 1982 NATO ARW Cambridge UK (Co‐director);
  • 1987 NATO ARW Cambridge UK (Director);
  • 1989 NATO ARW Vulcano Italy (Co‐director);
  • 1991 NATO ASI Cambridge UK (Director);
  • 2003 "Making Light of Gravity" Martin Rees 60th birthday celebration conference (Co‐Chair)
Books edited:
  • 1988 Cooling Flows in Clusters and Galaxies, Kluwer
  • 1988 Origins, Cambridge University Press
  • 1990 Physical Processes in Astrophysical Plasmas, Kluwer (withWBrinkmann & F Giovanelli)
  • 1992 Clusters and Superclusters of Galaxies, Kluwer
  • 1997 Evolution, Cambridge University Press
  • 2004 Frontiers of X‐ray Astronomy, CUP (with K A Pounds & R D Blandford)
  • 2006 Conflict, eds M Jones & A C Fabian, Cambridge University Press
  • 2010 Darwin, eds WA Brown & AC Fabian, CUP
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