Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford and Supernumerary Research Fellow in Astrophysics at St John's College. Prior to this she was a Royal Society University Research Fellows, a Research Fellow of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, and a Junior Research Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford. She has been awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Astrophysics, the Royal Society's Rosalind Franklin Medal (2010), the Institute of Physics Bragg Medal (2012), and the Royal Astronomical Society's Darwin Lectureship (2015).

Professor Blundell’s research interests include the physics, formation, and life cycles of active galaxies, including their distribution throughout cosmic time and space. Her work also includes the study of  plasma jets that emit radio waves and move close to the speed of light. Her new venture in time-domain astrophysics includes obtaining detailed measurements of the prototypical microquasar, known as SS433. This project, called Global Jet Watch, includes the dedicated use of a world-unique collection of five 0.5-metre telescopes, whose observations are largely recorded by boarding school children at different longitudes around the world. 



Professor Ard Louis, Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford.


Select Publications

A Very Short Introduction to Black Holes (Oxford University Press, 2015)

Concepts in Thermal Physics (Oxford University Press, 2006), with Stephen Blundell

‘Fast launch speeds in radio flares, from a new determination of the intrinsic motions of SS 433's jet bolides’ Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 461 (2016) 312-320

‘A very deep Chandra view of metals, sloshing and feedback in the Centaurus cluster of galaxies’ Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 457 (2016) 82-109

‘Multiwavelength study of Cygnus A V. The hotspots in the lobe’, Astronomy & Astrophysics 574 (2015) ARTN A30

‘Particle Acceleration and Magnetic Field Amplification in the Jest of 4C74.26,’ Astrophysical Journal 806 (2015) ARTN 243

‘How Much Light Has Been Produced since the Universe Was Born? Finally, a Way to Measure It.’ Advances in Hellenic Astronomy During the IYA09 424 (2010) 344-349


Academic Journeys


Academic Journey


After the PhD


Early Research on Optical Spectroscopy and Black Holes



Faith & Scholarship


Psalms, the stars, and transcendance


On scientific truth and a "god of the gaps"



Scholarly Research


A Very Short Introduction to Black Holes


On the formation of black holes


On Observation and Conjecture Regarding Black Holes


On observing a flaring event


On novas, heavy elements, and human existence


On introducing students in developing countries to telescopes and science


Winning the George Darwin Lectureship


On a network of world-wide observatories and optical spectroscopy


On Katherine's world-wide network of telescopes at Schools



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