Professor Matt J Griffin

Professor Matt J Griffin

Head of School, Physics and Astronomy

School of Physics and Astronomy

+44 (0)29 2087 4785
N/1.06, Queen's Buildings - North Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
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I am Head of the Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy.

I am a member of the Astronomy Instrumentation Group, with many years experience in far infrared and submillimetre astronomy and instrumentation, both ground-based and space-borne.

I studied Electrical Engineering at University College Dublin, graduating in 1976, after which I worked in industry before doing a PhD in Astrophysics at Queen Mary College London, graduating in 1985. I remained at Queen Mary until 2001, when I joined the Astronomy Instrumentation Group at Cardiff University.

Honours and awards

  • Royal Astronomical Society Group Achievement Award: SCUBA Team, 2009
  • Arthur C Clarke Individual Achievement Award, UK Space Conference, 2010
  • French Association for Aeronautics and Astronautics Grand Prix award to Herschel/Planck Team, 2010
  • Royal Astronomical Society Jackson-Gwilt medal, 2011
  • Arthur C Clarke Academic Study/Research Achievement Award: Herschel-SPIRE Team, UK Space Conference, 2013
  • Royal Astronomical Society, Group Achievement Award: Herschel-SPIRE Team, 2014

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics
  • Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales
  • Member of the Royal Astronomical Society

Speaking engagements

  • "The Herschel Space Observatory and Beyond", Plenary lecture, COSPAR Symposium, Bankok, Thailand, 11-15 Nov. 2013
  • “Herschel SPIRE and PACS: performance and scientific highlights”, International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology, Tokyo, April 2012
  • “SPICA-SAFARI: the FIR Camera and Spectrometer for the SPICA space observatory”, China-UK/Europe Workshop on Millimetre Waves and Terahertz Technologies, Glasgow, Sept. 2011
  • “Future FIR Spectroscopy Facilities: SPICA-SAFARA and FIRI”, Unveiling the FIR and Submillimeter Universe: Herschel, ALMA, CCAT, SPICA, and Beyond, University of California, Irvine, May 2011.
  • “Investigating galaxy evolution with FIR space observatories: Herschel and beyond”, Galaxy Evolution: the Infrared to MIllimeter Wavelength Perspective, Guilin, China, Oct. 2010
  • “Herschel-SPIRE: design, in-flight performance, and scientific capabilities”, COSPAR, Bremen, July 2010

  • Numerous public talks on astronomy and technology, popular articles, newspaper/magazine interviews, and appearances on TV and radio

I currently teach the second-year stellar astrophysics course "The Sun and Stars", and organise postgraduate lectures in Astronomy Instrumentation.

Far infrared and submillimetre astronomy and instrumentation, especially developing technology and instruments for both ground-based and satellite-borne observatories.

Recent and present activities include:

  • Principal Investigator for the Herschel-SPIRE instrument
  • Coordinator of the SPACEKIDS FP-7 project
  • Co-I on FP-7 projects HELP (Herschel-related extragalactic astronomy) and FISICA (FIR interferometry technology development)
  • Co-I on BETTII (balloon-borne FIR interferometry pathfinder).