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Prof Peter Coles


Prof Peter  Coles Email:ColesP2 ( at )
Telephone:029 208 -

Research Interests

My primary research interest is in cosmology and the large-scale structure of the Universe. I work on theoretical aspects of this problem, with an emphasis on statistical techniques to test models of structure formation against observations. My work encompasses both galaxy clustering and the Cosmic Microwave Background. I am also interested in exotic cosmological models, such as those involving magnetic fields or global asymmetries or non-Gaussian fluctuations, and in analytic techniques for studing the growth of large-scale structure in the expanding Universe. Alongside this I have a longstanding interest in mathematical probability and statistics and their applications in physics and astronomy.


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I was an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge, where I did Natural Sciences, specialising in Theoretical Physics. I moved to Sussex in 1985 and did a DPhil in Theoretical Astronomy under the supervision of Professor John D. Barrow, the famous writer. I stayed on at Sussex for two years as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (PDRA), then moved to Queen Mary & Westfield College (University of London) in 1990 to take up a temporary lectureship. I was awarded a Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC) Advanced Fellowship in 1993, which I held there until 1998. Meanwhile I was appointed Lecturer-in-waiting in 1994 and then promoted to Reader-in-waiting in 1997. I moved to Nottingham in 1999 to become Professor of Astrophysics and help set up a new astronomy group there. In July 2007 I moved to Cardiff to take up the Chair in Theoretical Astrophysics which I now hold.

Click here for my blog, which is (sometimes) about my research.