Prof. Peter T. Gallagher, MInstP, FRAS, FTCDProfessor in Astrophysics and Associate Dean of Research
Prof. Gallagher leads solar physics and space weather research at Trinity College Dublin. His reseach is primarly concerned with understanding the fundamental physics of solar storms and their impacts on Earth. He has a long association with ESA and NASA, is Director of the Rosse Solar-Terrestrial Observatory at Birr Castle, and leads the Irish LOFAR radio telescope project. His group also works with a number of companies including Skytek Ltd., Lockheed-Martin, and Eirgrid.
Prof. Gallagher received a BSc (HONS) in physics and mathematics from University College Dublin in 1995, followed by an MSc (Distinction)
in optoelectronics and
image processing and a PhD in solar physics from Queen's
University Belfast. He then spent six years in the US, firstly as
a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Big Bear
Solar Observatory in California
and then as a Scientist and Senior Scientist at
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Dr. Gallagher is a Member of the
Institute of Physics (MInstP), a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society
(FRAS), and chaired the Astronomical Sciences Group of Ireland and vice-chaired
the Royal Irish Academy's Astronomy and Space Research Committee. He was an
elected member of ESA's Solar System Working Group, which is responsible
for European Space Agency mission evaluation
for 2015-2025 and was recently appointed a Member of ESA's Space Science Advisory Committee (2017-).