Elected: 2018
Discipline: Physics and Astronomy
Professor Catherine Heymans FRSE

Professor of Observational Cosmology, University of Edinburgh.

Professor Catherine Heymans is Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Edinburgh and a European Research Council Fellow. She specialises in observing the dark side of our Universe and co-leads the European Southern Observatory Kilo-Degree Survey, using deep sky observations to test whether we need to go beyond Einstein with our current theory of gravity. Catherine has co-authored over 100 articles in scientific journals and written the popular science book The Dark Universe. She promotes the public’s understanding of her research online, through the AstroTech MOOC, and in person, through a wide range of events, including art and science festivals.