Elected: 2013
Discipline: Physics and Astronomy
Professor Moira Jardine
Professor of Astrophysics, University of St Andrews
Professor Moira Jardine is an astrophysicist who aims to understand the origins of the solar system and the conditions that allowed life to evolve on Earth. In particular, she studies in magnetic field of stars, since these power both the hot, X-ray-emitting corona and the supersonic wind that together can ionise or erode a planet’s atmosphere. She joined the University of St Andrews in 1995, becoming Professor in 2010.