Dr Graham P. Smith
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I am an observational cosmologist in
the Astrophysics Group at
the University of
Birmingham. I am a Reader of Cosmology, Royal Society University
Research Fellow, and am Director of the University of
As "an observer" I use state of the art telescopes to address the biggest open questions in modern physical science, including the nature of dark matter and dark energy, tesing gravity theory, the physics of galaxy clusters, and galaxy evolution. Details of my research are available from my publication list here. If you are a student and/or new to these topics, then you may find these review articles a useful introduction. If you are interested in studying for a PhD with me then click "Extragalactic Astrophysics and Cosmology" on this page to find out more.
I am the creator and Principal Investigator of
the Local Cluster
Substructure Survey (LoCuSS), lead the Cluster Mass Measurement
Working Group of
survey, am a member of the Euclid
Consortium, and lead the Cluster Physics Working Group within the
UK consortium bidding to join LSST.
I teach the second year course "Observing the Universe", am responsible for the third year "Observatory Laboratory", and lead the "Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology" Group Study.
I am very grateful to my research group for inspiring my passion for public outreach! We have a great time bringing Astronomy in the City to the West Midlands public once a month in the darker months of the year. These events are supported by a community partnership between University of Birmingham Observatory, AstroSoc, Birmingham Astronomical Society, Knowle Astronomical Society, and Solihull School.