New honorary professor appointed to Department of Physics and Astronomy

Professor Chris Mutlow. Credit: STFC RAL Space

Dr Chris Mutlow, director RAL Space to join the University

The University of Leicester’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Leicester Institute of Space and Earth Observation (LISEO) are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Chris Mutlow as an honorary professor.

A highly distinguished space scientist, Dr Mutlow is the current director of RAL Space, with which the University has had a long-standing collaborative relationship. He has played a leading role in the Earth observation programme at RAL Space. In his current capacity, Dr Mutlow is responsible for the significant infrastructure developments leading to a new suite of satellite assembly and test facilities, and the current development of a new £99 million National Satellite Test Facility (NSTF) which will expand the existing infrastructure.

Dr Mutlow has been a supporter of Space Park Leicester (SPL) and LISEO during their early development. His advice and support in this new role will be valuable for the further development of Space Park Leicester and the delivery of its programmes. We look forward to developing the relationships with RAL Space staff and the NSTF, positioning ourselves as a regional cluster and centre of excellence within the national space support infrastructure.

Dr Mutlow said: “I am deeply honoured to receive this award and to be recognised in this way. I am looking forward building on our strong relationship with the University of Leicester and strengthening the links with Space Park Leicester. This award is underpinned by the tremendous work undertaken by everyone in RAL Space of whom I am immensely proud.”

Professor Martin Barstow, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Strategic Science Projects and Director of LISEO, said: “Chris has already been a great help in promoting our Space Park ambitions and I am looking forward to working more closely with him. This is a great opportunity for us to join together to develop new space research programmes and place the UK as a leader in the growing space economy.”