The Homepage of Jonathan Pritchard
Reader in Astrostatistics,
Email: j.pritchard aT imperial.ac.uk
ORCID ID: 0000-0003-4127-5353
I am a Reader in Astrostatistics in the Astrophysics group at Imperial College London, where I moved in October 2011. My research, which was awarded the 2017 Fowler Award by the RAS, deals with understanding the astrophysics of the 21 cm line of hydrogen with a view to making predictions for the upcoming generation of low-frequency radio telescopes, e.g. LOFAR, HERA, SKA. These observations will open a new window onto the early universe and have enormous potential to tell us about the first stars and galaxies and the evolution of structures in the early Universe.
I am PI of the ERC funded FIRSTDAWN project to study the interpretation of the 21cm signal from the Cosmic Dawn. I am currently chair of the UK SKA Science Committee, and was previously chair of the SKA Epoch of Reionization science working group.
Previously, I was a Hubble Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Even longer ago, I was a graduate student in the Theoretical Astrophysics group at Caltech, where I completed my PhD in physics/cosmology with the help of my advisor Marc Kamionkowski. While there, I also worked extensively with Steve Furlanetto on ways the 21 cm transition of hydrogen can be used to probe the cosmic dark ages and reionization. Before that, I completed my undergraduate at Pembroke College, Cambridge. It’s been a fun journey from a little village in Somerset to the wide world.