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Professor Janet Drew

Professor Janet Drew

Professor Janet Drew trained as a physicist, and has been working in astronomy and astrophysics research since obtaining a PhD at UCL in 1980. Her early career contributions were to numerical radiation transfer modelling of winds from hot and young stars and from the accretion discs associated with some of these. She has recently stood down from a term as the Director of the Centre for Astrophysics Research (CAR) of the University of Hertfordshire, a research group made up of over 60 staff, including postdoctoral researchers and graduate students.

She came to Herts in 2007, after 12 years at Imperial College, where she became the first female physics professor, and before that 8 years in Oxford, where she was the first woman directly appointed to a university lectureship. She is currently the Principal Investigator of two deep digital optical photometric surveys (IPHAS, www.iphas.org and VPHAS+, www.vphas.eu) that together cover the entire disc of the Milky Way, at 1 arcsecond spatial resolution. Since 1995 she has served as an editor for MNRAS, one of the world’s leading peer-reviewed astronomical journals.