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Bernard Schutz

Yr Athro Bernard Schutz

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My current position as Director of the Data Innovation Research Institute allows me to expand my previous data science research, where I have been active in areas like the reproducibility of research and user interfaces and workflows. This work draws on my work in gravitational wave detection, where I have worked since the 1980s to develop techniques to aid the recognition of weak signals in large data sets.






























My principal research over the last 40 years has been in the study of the physics and astrophysics of possible gravitational wave sources, including black holes and neutron stars; and in methods of analyzing data from gravitational wave detectors to discover and study gravitational waves.

I am the Principal Investigator responsible for data analysis for the GEO600 collaboration, which is part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

I am also a member of the eLISA Science Team, which guides the development of the ESA mission to place a gravitational wave detector in space. eLISA is currently approved for launch in 2034-6.


For many years I have taught general relativity and gravitational wave science to undergraduates and MSc students in the School of Physics and Astronomy and its predecessors. My textbook, A First Course in General Relativity (Cambridge University Press) is one of the most widely used introductory texts in the subject worldwide, and its third edition will appear in 2022. My textbook on differential geometry, Geometrical Methods of Mathematical Physics (Cambridge University Press), is also widely used at the post-graduate level. My "semi-popular" book Gravity From the Ground Up is an introduction to modern relativistic gravity that is aimed at school and university students who want an intuitive understanding of the subject; it employs algebra but not calculus in its mathematical treatment.

As a part-time professor I no longer teach full modules, but I give occasional lectures in selected courses. 


I was born and educated in the USA, and came to Cardiff for my first academic teaching position as a lecturer in 1974.

In 1995, then a full professor, I became part time in Cardiff to take a full time position as a director of the new Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam, Germany (http://www.aei.mpg.de/).

I retired from that position in 2014 and returned to Cardiff to help set up the new Data Innovation Institute, one of Cardiff's University Research Institutes.

Anrhydeddau a dyfarniadau

  • Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, a member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina
  • member of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, Uppsala
  • I have been awarded the Amaldi Gold Medal of the Italian Society for Gravitation and the honorary degree of Doctor of Science by Glasgow University
  • Honorary Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • Fellow of the International Society for General Relativity and Gravitation
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK).

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • Institute of Physics (UK)
  • Royal Astronomical Society
  • American Physical Society
  • German Physical Society
  • Max Planck Society
  • International Society of General Relativity and Gravitation
  • International Astronomical Union
  • COSPAR (Fundamental Physics section)
  • Society of Sigma Xi (USA)

Pwyllgorau ac adolygu

  • 2003-19: Member, Executive Committee, LIGO Scientific Collaboration
  • 2012-18: Member, LISA project science working team with responsibility for theory and data analysis
  • 2011-2018: Member, Editorial Board, Physical Review X
  • 2007-16: Member, International Committee of the International Society of General Relativity and Gravitation
  • 2015-16: Member, ESA Gravitational-wave Observatory Advisory Team
  • 2012-15: Member, Program Advisory Board, KAGRA (Japanese gravitational wave interferometer project)
  • 2003-12: Member, LISA International Science Team (LIST), representing ESA.
  • 2004-08: Chair, ESA Fundamental Physics Advisory Group, and member, Space Science Advisory Committee, European Space Agency
  • 1998-2014: Editor-in-Chief, Living Reviews in Relativity
  • 1993-97: Member, Fundamental Physics Advisory Group, European Space Agency
  • 1994-95: Chairman, Astronomy Committee of the UK Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC), responsible for setting UK spending priorities in space and ground-based astronomy.  Previously chair and member of many grant-awarding panels of PPARC and its predecessors in the UK.
  • 1990-92: Member, Council of the Royal Astronomical Society