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Prof. Peter T. Gallagher

I am Head of Astrophysics at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and an Adjunct Professor at Trinity College Dublin. My reseach is primarly concerned with understanding the fundamental physics of solar storms and their impacts on Earth. I have a long association with ESA and NASA and lead the Irish LOFAR radio telescope project.

I received a BSc (HONS) in physics and mathematics from University College Dublin in 1995, followed by an MSc (Distinction) in optoelectronics and image processing and a PhD in solar physics from Queen's University Belfast. I then spent six great years in the US, firstly as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Owens Valley Solar Array and Big Bear Solar Observatory in California and then as a Scientist and Senior Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Before joining DIAS in 2018, I spent 13 years running a Solar Physics & Space Weather Research Group at Trinity College Dublin.

I was particularly happy to have served on ESA's Solar System Working Group, which was responsible for ESA space science mission evaluation for 2015-2025, and most recently on ESA's Space Science Advisory Committee (2017-2019). I am a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a Member of the International Astronomical Union, the Europan Geosciences Union (EGU), the European Astronomical Society and the Astronomical Society of Ireland