Professor of Cosmology & Astrophotographer
Peter Dunsby is currently full professor of gravitation and cosmology at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He has published extensively in theoretical cosmology, teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and works closely with his graduate students and postdocs. He is regularly invited to lecture at local and international meetings and has a proven track record in fund raising and in the management of large research grants. In 2003 he secured a bid to host the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP) at the University of Cape Town and served as director of this programme until July 2013 . Over the past eighteen years NASSP has made a major contribution to human resource development in Astronomy and the Space Science in Southern Africa. In 2006 he was awarded the British Association (silver) medal from South African Association for the Advancement of Science and in 2016, the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) award for Human Capacity Development. In 2017 he was elected to the College of Fellows of the University of Cape Town. An obsessive astrophotographer, he also runs his own home observatory and is very active in school outreach.