Andy Lawrence's Home Page

AL portrait I am the Regius Professor of Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh. I work at the Institute for Astronomy, which together with the UK Astronomy Technology Centre makes up the Royal Observatory Edinburgh(ROE). The IfA is part of the School of Physics and Astronomy of the University.

The School of Physics and Astronomy is part of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA).

My research interests are in Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN), observational cosmology, survey astronomy, and e-science (the Virtual Observatory). To the left are links to various projects I am involved in, and overviews of my research interests. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

I am currently looking for a PDRA in AGN. See this job advert. I am looking for someone to work in one or more of three areas. (i) Torus stuff, especially following up the WISE-UKIDSS-SDSS sample (see Roseboom et al 2013); (ii) Big Blue Bump modelling, following up Lawrence 2012; and (iii) Rare large amplitude AGN transients discovered with PanSTARRS, which I believe are due to microlensing. This could turn into a major new industry. So far just reported in a conference paper, but a proper MNRAS paper is nearly finished. (Ask me for a draft if interested).

I just published an undergraduate level textbook called "Astronomical Measurement : A Concise Guide", covering atmosphere, optics, detectors, spectrographs and some general concepts. Like all textbooks, its a bit expensive I am afraid, but if your university library has an online subscription to Springer e-books, you can get the PDF through them, and order a paperback version of $/euros/24.99.

Professor Andy Lawrence email : al(at)roe(dot)ac(dot)uk
Institute for Astronomy
Royal Observatory
Blackford Hill
Edinburgh EH9 3HJ
Phone: +44 (0)131 668 8346 (direct);
Institute Contact : Paula Wilkie : 8403
ROE switchboard : 8100
Fax: +44 (0)131 668 8416

Your Daily Dose of Tao

Just for a hoot, and to prove I am still an old hippy at heart, here is a random chapter from Ron Hogan's snappy adaptation of the Tao Te Ching. To get a new chapter, press refresh on your browser.

You can download the complete thing from Ron Hogan's web page, and you can get the gadget from Simon Hudson's page.