University of Exeter scientist wins astronomy award
University of Exeter’s Dr Oliver Allanson has recently received an award from the Royal Astronomical Society for career achievements in astronomy.
Dr Allanson won the Fowler Prize in Geophysics for breakthroughs he has made in quasilinear and non-linear physics of wave-particle interactions in radiation belts. His contributions to the field have helped to broaden our understanding of both astrophysical plasmas and theoretical kinetic physics. His research could also help to improve the accuracy of space-weather forecasting models.
As well as his research, he has been recognised for founding the MIST (Magnetosphere, Ionosphere and Solar Terrestrial) Awards Taskforce, which aims to redress historical imbalances related to the diversity of national and international science awards.
The prize-winner was first associated with the University as a Research Fellow in 2021, and is now an Honorary Senior Lecturer with the Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy.
Commenting on his achievement, Dr Allanson said that he was ‘deeply honoured to receive this award, and full of gratitude’. He went on to thank his ‘wonderful colleagues in the UK MIST community’ as well as all of his mentors from school through to university and his research community.