One of Britain's most admired scientists; wise commentator
on the prospects for humanity
Science in Society
"The World in 2050"
Lord Martin Rees OM FRS
Astronomer Royal and former President Royal Society
Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, University of Cambridge
Martin Rees is a Fellow of Trinity College and Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at Cambridge, and a senior figure in UK science. He has conducted influential theoretical work on subjects as diverse as black hole formation and extragalactic radio sources, and provided key evidence to contradict the Steady State theory of the evolution of the Universe.
Much of his most valuable research has focused on the end of the so-called cosmic dark ages — a period shortly after the Big Bang when the Universe was as yet without light sources.
As Astronomer Royal and a Past President of the Royal Society, Martin is a prominent scientific spokesperson, the author of seven books of popular science, and gave the BBC Reith Lectures, one being the basis of his previous lecture to World Affairs. He holds numerous awards and has served on many bodies connected with education, space research, arms control and international collaboration in science.
After receiving a knighthood in 1992 for his services to science, he was elevated to House of Lords in 2005.
Martin is an Hon Member of the Keele World Affairs Advisory Panel.