Dr Helen Klus

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Dr Helen Klus is a science communicator and astronomer with a background in physics and philosophy. She currently works at the Royal Astronomical Society, which promotes astronomy, solar-system science, and geophysics around the world.

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

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

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

She is 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.

Klus gained her 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.

Klus also has a BSc in Astronomy and Philosophy (University of Sheffield, 2006) and an MA in Philosophy of Physics (University of Leeds, 2008), where she specialized in the many worlds approach to quantum mechanics. She is 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 11 August 2018 by Dr Helen Klus

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