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Professor Peter A R Ade BSc, PhD, FRAS, CPhys, FInstP

Professor Peter A R Ade

BSc, PhD, FRAS, CPhys, FInstP

Emeritus Professor


Admin duties

  • Various committees.
  • Oversees School workshops.


Professor Ade received his PhD from the then Queen Mary College, University of London, in 1973 (Graduate Supervisor: Professor John Bastin).  He continued his research through Research Council fellowship and PDRA positions (Mentor: Professor Peter Clegg) until being appointed as a lecturer at Queen Mary and Westfield College in 1976.  Whilst at QMW, he built up a submillimetre wave instrumentation group which specialised in producing state-of-the-art instruments for use in both atmospheric and astronomical research.  He was promoted to Reader in 1986 and later to full professor in 1994.  He is a member of the Royal Astronomical Society and is a chartered physicist with the Institute of Physics.

In the summer of 2001 Professor Ade relocated the Astrophysics Instrumentation Group to Cardiff to form the central part of a now significantly enlarged Astronomical Instrumentation Group.  This merger, along with significant investment in new laboratory facilities (JIF, HEFCW and University funded), has enabled Cardiff to become one of the strongest mm/submm astronomical instrumentation groups in the world.   It is developing state-of-the-art technology whilst having the capability to fully exploit the scientific data from its involvement in a wide range of front-rank experiments.

Professor Ade was awarded a NASA public service medal in 1994 for my contribution to fundamental advances in far infrared detector and sensor systems.  In addition he was presented with The Royal Astronomical Society Jackson-Gwilt Medal in 2009 for contributions to Astronomical Instrumentation.

To date, he has led or contributed to ~1000 publications.

Honours and awards

  • NASA Public Servise Medal 1994.
  • RAS Jackson-Gwilt medal 2009.
  • Invited talks at international conferences.


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Research interests

  • Experimental Cosmology.
  • Astronomical Instrumentation.
  • Remote sounding instrumentation.
  • Fourier Transform Spectroscopy.
  • Development of novel Filters for use from FIR to mm wavelengths.


Experimental Post-Doctoral Research Assistants (PDRAs).


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