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Dr Robert Smith

Post:Emeritus Reader (Physics and Astronomy)
Location:PEVENSEY 3 Cambridge, CB2 9HB
Personal homepage:Emeritus Reader, Astronomy
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  • Emeritus Reader in Astronomy at Sussex (2006)
  • Head of Department, Physics and Astronomy (2003-04)
  • Dean, School of Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Science (2001-03)
  • Subject Chair, Physics and Astronomy (1996-2001)
  • Reader in Astronomy at Sussex (1996)
  • Senior Lecturer in Astronomy at Sussex (1990)
  • Lecturer in Astronomy at Sussex (1972)
  • Research Fellow, University of Sussex (1968)
  • Assistant (Lecturer), University of Glasgow (1966)
  • Assistant Warden, Wolfson Hall, University of Glasgow (1966-68)
  • PhD Meridional circulation in the atmospheres of uniformly rotating stars of early spectral type University of Glasgow (1968)
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics & Natural Philosophy, University of Glasgow (1963)
  • (Founding) Chair, Royal Astronomical Society's Membership Committee (1999-2006)
  • Convenor, Royal Astronomical Society's Instruments Committee (1983-2001)
  • Council Member, Royal Astronomical Society (1977-80, 1987-90, 2002-06; Vice-President 2004-06); member of several other RAS committees at various times
  • Editor, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society (1984-96; Managing Editor 1991-95)
  • Editor, The Observatory Magazine (1977-83)


Emeritus Reader in Astronomy.

Please note that I am not Robert E Smith, Senior Lecturer and current faculty member in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, whose e-mail address is

Also, I am no longer resident in Sussex and have no teaching or administrative responsibilities at the University.