Society Lecture – Gravitational Wave Astronomy – A. M. (Mike) Cruise

May 4, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Willingdon Memorial Hall
Church St
Eastbourne BN20 9HT

Title:Gravitational Wave Astronomy – A. M. (Mike) Cruise (Professor Emeritus of Astrophysics and Space Research, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham)


In 2015 the search for the gravitational waves predicted in 1916 by Albert Einstein finally achieved success. The LIGO collaboration published the first direct evidence of black holes colliding far away in the cosmos. Since then a series of such violent events has been studied using the new technique of gravitational wave astronomy. As with electromagnetic astronomy, different frequency bands will bring us information on different objects and allow us to explore the physics of massive objects. This talk will give an introduction to the Gravitational Sky and what we may expect to learn about our Universe using these new instruments.


Mike Cruise obtained his BSc and PhD from University College London where he worked at the Millard Space Science Laboratory on instrumentation for X-Ray Astronomy. In 1985 he was appointed Deputy Director. In 1986 he left UCL to become leader of the Astrophysics Group at the Rutherford Appelton Laboratory, subsequently becoming the Associate Director for Space. In 1995 he was appointed to a chair at the University of Birmingham, followed by five years as Head of School and five years as Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer. He formally retired in 2012 from University of Birmingham but is still active on space issues with ESA and UKSA, and continues research into gravitational wave science.

He has received awards from ESA, NASA, BMFT, the Fundamental Physics Breakthrough Prize, the Gruber Prize for Cosmology, the RAS Group Achievement Award and the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Mike Cruise has contributed significantly to a number of Space missions including Skylarks 921,922, 821,822,1104 Ariel V, Ariel VI, Hipparcos, AMPTE, ROSAT, Spektrum Roentgen Gamma, SOHO, Cluster, XMM-Newton, STEREO, LEGRI, SMEI. LISA Pathfinder and LISA.




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