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Martin Rees

AKA Martin John Rees

Born: 23-Jun-1942
Birthplace: Shropshire, England

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Astronomer, Mathematician
Party Affiliation: Libertarian

Nationality: England
Executive summary: President of the Royal Society

Sir Martin Rees has been President of the Royal Society since 2005. He is considered among the world's foremost experts on black holes, galaxy formation, gamma-ray bursts, pulsars, and quasars, and has conducted important research into cosmic structure formation, dimensionless physical constants, radiative processes (including gravitational waves) and the aftermath of the "Big Bang". Beyond scientific circles, Rees is best known for his calm assessment that humankind has approximately a 50/50 chance of surviving to the end of the 21st Century, as technological change advances faster than humans' ability to control it.

Wife: Caroline Humphrey (Cambridge anthropologist)

    High School: Shrewsbury School
    University: BA Mathematics, Cambridge University (1963)
    University: MA Mathematics, Cambridge University (1967)
    University: PhD Mathematics, Cambridge University (1967)
    Scholar: California Institute of Technology (1967-68)
    Scholar: Institute for Advanced Study (1969-70)
    Teacher: Cambridge University (1969-72)
    Teacher: California Institute of Technology (1971-72)
    Professor: Astronomy, Harvard University (1972-73, 88-89)
    Professor: Astronomy, University of Sussex (1972-73)
    Professor: Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy, Cambridge University (1973-91)
    Professor: Cosmology and Astrophysics, Cambridge University (1991-)
    Administrator: Master of Trinity College, Cambridge University (2002-)

    Order of Merit 2007
    Life Peerage Baron Rees of Ludlow (2005)
    Faraday Prize 2004
    Gruber Prize in Cosmology 2001
    Bruce Medal 1993
    Knight of the British Empire 1992
    Balzan Prize 1989
    Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medal 1987 (with Takesi Nagata)
    Astronomer Royal (1995-)
    Accademia dei Lincei
    Academia Europaea
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences Foreign Member
    American Philosophical Society Foreign Member
    British Museum Trustee (1996-2002)
    National Academy of Sciences Foreign Member
    Pontifical Academy of Sciences
    Royal Society (President, 2005-)
    Third World Academy of Sciences
    English Ancestry
    Asteroid Namesake 4587 Rees

Author of books:
Cosmic Coincidences (a.k.a. The Stuff of the Universe) (1989, with J. Gribbin)
Gravityís Fatal Attraction: Black Holes in the Universe (1995, with Mitchell Begelman)
Before the Beginning: Our Universe and Others (1997)
Just Six Numbers (1999)
New Perspectives in Astrophysical Cosmology (2000)
Our Cosmic Habitat (2001)
Our Final Century (a.k.a. Our Final Hour) (2003)
Universe (2005)
What We Still Donít Know (2007)


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