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Professor Andrew Coates

Andrew Coates is Professor of Physics and Deputy Director (Solar System) at UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL). He is a planetary scientist and currently Principal Investigator of the PanCam instrument on the Rosalind Franklin (ExoMars 2020) rover. Previously he was lead co-investigator for the Cassini Plasma Spectrometer (CAPS) Electron Spectrometer and for the ASPERA-4 Electron Spectrometer on Venus Express. He led the Stereo Camera System team for Beagle 2 and was co-investigator on Mars Express, Cluster, Giotto and AMPTE. His research interests are in solar system plasma physics, the solar wind interaction with planets and comets, planetary surfaces and space instrumentation. He has led or contributed to over 500 publications, over 425 refereed.

He gained a BSc in Physics from UMIST in 1978, and MSc (1979) and D.Phil. (1982) in plasma physics from Oxford University. He has been at UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) since 1982, with temporary positions at Max Planck Institute for Solar System Physics (Germany), University of Delaware (USA) and BBC World service (media fellowship). He received 4 NASA group achievement awards, a BMFT award and 6 ESA awards for his work on space missions including AMPTE, Giotto, Cluster, Cassini, Mars Express and Venus Express. He has served on several national and international committees, including at NASA, ESA, Finland and the UAE, and chaired the Planetary Science subpanel of STFC Astronomy Grants Panel in 2012-14.

Last updated: 11 October 2019

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