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Dr Simon Mitton

Life Fellow at St Edmund's College and College Fellow, Department History and Philosophy of Science

Simon Mitton joined St Edmund's in 1973. He has held office as a member of the bursarial team at the College continuously since 1973 and is now a Life Fellow of St Edmund's College.

He was a Vice-President of the Royal Astronomical Society (founded 1820), and is currently a member of RAS Council.

Simon is Director of Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, and is a College Fellow of the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science.

His recent publications include a large biography of the British cosmologist Sir Fred Hoyle (1915 - 2001), published in 2011 by Cambridge University Press. He is co-author with Professor Jeremiah P. Ostriker of Heart of Darkness: unravelling the mysteries of the expanding universe, a major book on our present undestanding of the nature of the universe, the origin of structure, dark matter and dark energy, re-issued in paperback 2015. He produced an academic edition of the autobiography of the cosmologist and astronomer Thomas Gold FRS, published in June 2012 A further book of collected papers, on the cosmologist Georges Lemaître, was published in 2013. He is currently working on a book contracted to Cambridge University Press: this is titled Remarkable Astronomers. And he is researching the early cosmological work of Georges Lemaître, who resided at St Edmund's House 1923-24 while working with Sir Arthur Eddington.

Simon Mitton is active in speaking and lecturing to the general public on the history of astronomy. In 2012 and 2013 he was a keynote speaker at the Hay Literary Festival. He and his wife Dr Jacqueline Mitton are Royal Astronomical Society Guest Lecturers on astronomy for Cunard, on the liner RMS Queen Mary 2. In January 2015 they presented seven lectures on astronomy and the history of science on Queen Mary 2 going from Southampton to Dubai.

Simon is a founder Director of Total Astronomy Limited , a company based in Cambridge that provides media services for the astronomy and space industries.The website has details of his publications and services to publishers.


The International Astronomical Union designated asteroid 4027 as Minor Planet Mitton in honour of the extensive outreach activity he and his wife, Dr Jacqueline Mitton, have done to popularise astronomy through their writing.

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