Dr Helen Klus

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I am science communicator and astronomer with a background in physics and philosophy. I currently work at the Royal Astronomical Society, which promotes astronomy, solar-system science, and geophysics around the world.

I have represented the society at conferences across the UK, on TV and radio, in newspapers and magazines, and on social media.

I have interviewed numerous astronomers, including Astronomer Royal Sir Martin Rees and PI of the Juno mission Scott Bolton, and I have discussed astronomy on CNN, BBC Radio 4, and the BBC World Service.

I recently gave the sold-out talk "Women and the Stars: How women have shaped our understanding of the universe" and I was previously shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize in association with the 'Guardian' and the 'Observer'.

I am also an Assistant Editor for Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS). MNRAS is one of the world’s leading astronomy journals and is published by Oxford University Press.

I gained my PhD in Physics (University of Southampton, 2015) using data from X-ray telescopes to study explosions on neutron stars. Neutron stars may be the fastest spinning and most magnetic objects in the universe, some have magnetic fields so high that they exhibit quantum-like behaviour.

I also have a BSc in Astronomy and Philosophy (University of Sheffield, 2006) and an MA in Philosophy of Physics (University of Leeds, 2008), where I specialized in the many worlds approach to quantum mechanics. I am the author of the How We Came to Know the Cosmos series.


All views expressed on thestargarden.co.uk are my own, and do not reflect the views of the RAS.

Last updated 1 January 2020 by Dr Helen Klus

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