Prof. Justin Read

  • Phone | 01483 68 3479
  • Room no. | 17 BC 03
  • Programme Coordinator for Physics with Astronomy
  • Head of Astrophysics Group
  • Chair, IT Governance for the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences


Prof. Justin Read completed his PhD in theoretical astrophysics at Cambridge University, UK in 2004. After a two-year postdoctoral research position, also in Cambridge, he moved to the University of Zürich to join the computational science group. In 2009, he joined the University of Leicester as a lecturer in theoretical astrophysics, and in October 2010 he was awarded an SNF assistant professorship at the ETH Zürich. In April 2013, he took up a full Chair at the University of Surrey, UK. He was awarded the 2013 MERAC Prize by the European Astronomical Society for his high impact research in computational astrophysics and cosmology. Prof. Read is currently head of the astrophysics group.

Research interests

  • Dark matter
  • Dynamics and mass modelling
  • Strong gravitational lensing
  • Near field cosmology
  • The Milky Way and its satellites


For a full list of publications (freely available for download), see:


I am programme coordinator for the Physics with Astronomy degree programme; I also teach:

  • PHY2071 :: Introduction to Astronomy
  • PHYM059 :: Astrophysical Dynamics