Bringing Cambridge astronomers and astrophysicists under one roof

Bringing Cambridge astronomers and astrophysicists under one roof

  • Battcock Centre
    Humphrey Battcock (left) with the Chancellor of the University, Lord Sainsbury of Turville (right), at the opening of the Battcock Centre

The Battcock Centre for Experimental Astrophysics brings together astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology at Cambridge.

Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology have historically been among the very strongest scientific disciplines in Cambridge. The opening of the Battcock Centre for Experimental Astrophysics represents a major consolidation of these disciplines.

The building was made possible by Humphrey Battcock, an alumnus of the Cavendish Laboratory and Downing College, whose gift - together with funding from the Wolfson Foundation - has been matched by the University to enable the Centre to become a reality.

The construction of the Battcock Centre for Experimental Astrophysics brings together on the same site the experimental astrophysicists from the Cavendish Laboratory with astronomers from the Institute of Astronomy and Kavli Institute.  The consolidation also promotes collaboration with members of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics in the areas of cosmology and exoplanets.

The majority of the Cambridge astronomy community has been brought together under one roof in order enhance the strength of these disciplines and put Cambridge in the best possible position for future developments in astronomy across the full span of theoretical, observational, interpretative, computational and experimental astrophysics.

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