Michael Rowan-Robinson
Town Councillor
Michael Rowan-Robinson grew up in Southwold.  His father was a Town Councillor, started the Sole Bay Bookshop, and ran theatre seasons here.  Michael worked in astrophysics and cosmology, based first in the Mathematics Department at Queen Mary College London and then for 14 years as Head of Astrophysics in the Physics Department at Imperial College London.  Currently he is Emeritus Professor of Astrophysics and Distinguished Research Fellow at Imperial.  He has used many of the world’s great telescopes, and been on the management board or time allocation committee of several of them.  He has chaired a number of national and international scientific committees.  He was involved with seven space astronomy missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope, working with NASA, and the European and Japanese Space Agencies.  Recently he was a joint recipient of the 2018 international Gruber prize in Cosmology.  He is author of eight books and has done numerous radio and television programmes.  He and his wife, Mary, retired here in 2007 and their children and grandchildren love to visit.  He was Vice-Chairman of the Southwold Town Plan steering group and has been Chairman and President of the Southwold and Reydon Society.  He became a Town Councillor in 2015 and serves on the Leisure and Environment Committee and on the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group.  He is a keen golfer and is Seniors Vice-Captain at the Southwold Golf Club.  He has done astronomy outreach work with Southwold Scouts and Cubs and with Southwold Primary School.