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Simon Mitton

College Fellow

Life Fellow, St Edmund's College

Council Member, Royal Astronomical Society (2014–2016)

Research interests: History of astronomy, particularly in the 20th century. History of cosmology. Biography and autobiography of physicists and astronomers. Fred Hoyle. Mary Somerville. Georges Lemaître. Arthur Eddington. Copernicus.


Published books

Rodney Holder and Simon Mitton (editors), Georges Lemaître: Life, Science and Legacy, Springer, 2013.

Simon Mitton (editor), Taking the Back off the Watch, Thomas Gold Personal Memoir, Springer 2012.

Jeremiah Ostriker and Simon Mitton, Heart of Darkness: Unravelling the mysteries of the expanding universe. Princeton University Press, 2012 and 2015.

Fred Hoyle: a life in science, Cambridge University Press 2011.

Conflict in the cosmos: Fred Hoyle's Life in Science, Joseph Henry Press, Washington DC 2005.

Cambridge Scientific Minds, Cambridge University Press 2002, edited with Peter Harman.

Active galactic nuclei, Cambridge University Press 1979, edited with Cyril Hazard.

Exploring the galaxies, Faber 1976.

Daytime star, Faber 1981.

The Crab Nebula, Faber 1979, vol 26(3): 595–601, 2006.

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy (editor), Jonathan Cape 1979.

Public lectures

Hay Festival 2012 and 2013: Origin of structure in the universe

Royal Astronomical Society, 14 January 2013: How geometry has guided cosmology, from the Babylonians to Einstein and beyond

Oxford Literary Festival May 2014: Origin of structure in the universe

Cunard, Queen Mary 2, January 2015, seven popular science and history of science talks

Fred. Olsen, Balmoral, March 2014, ten lectures on the history of astronomy, maritime history, and cosmology