Qualifications & Positions



Doctoral Candidate University of Warwick, 2011 - 2015

Details: Studying the transport of hot electrons into a shock ignition inertial confinement fusion targets for commercial power generation, space propulsion and physics experiments. Work was undertaken with the Centre for Fusion, Space & Astrophysics.  Thesis Title: "An Examination of Shock Assisted Ignition Inertial Confinement Fusion via Hot Electron Conduction Transport and Vlasov-Focker-Planck Modelling of Laser Plasma Interactions".

Msc Astrophysics, University of London, 2000 - 2002

Details: Stellar Structure & Evolution, Plasma Astrophysics, Astrophysical Fluids, Cosmology, Relativistic Astrophysics, Extragalactic Astrophysics, Accretion Processes in Astrophysics, Solar System Dynamics, Research Methods in Astrophysics, Nuclear Astrophysics, Galaxies. Thesis Title: "Mathematical Models of the Solar Wind".

BEng Aerospace Engineering, University of London, 1996 - 2000

Details: Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Materials, Stress Analysis, Structural Analysis, Dynamics, Vibrations, Mechanics of Fluids, Elementary Aeronautical Engineering, Classical Aerodynamics, Applied Aerodynamics, Thermodynamics, Engineering Design, Stability & Control of Aircraft, Aerospace Structures, Operational & Financial Management, Aerospace Design, Aircraft Propulsion, Electrical Technology, Engineering Materials. Thesis Title: "Thermal Protection Systems for Spacecraft Atmospheric Re-entry".

Foundation Certificate Science & Computing, University of East London, 1994 - 1996

Details: Digital Systems, Computer Skills, Computer Programming, Scientific Method, Applied Physics, Living with Technology, Mathematics

Employment & Positions

  • Chairman, Institute for Interstellar Studies, USA, 2017+
  • Advisory Council, Breakthrough Initiative Project Starshot, 2016+
  • Managing Director & founder, Terra Altair Ltd, UK, 2016+
  • Director & co-founder, Nebula Sciences, USA, 2016-2017.
  • Director & co-founder, Nebula Sciences Ltd, UK, 2015-2017.
  • President & co-founder, Institute for Interstellar Studies, USA, 2014+
  • Visiting Lecturer, International Space University, Strasbourg, France, 2013+
  • Consultant, Reaction Engines Ltd, 2013.
  • Chief Editor, Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, UK, 2012-2016.
  • Executive Director & co-founder, Initiative for Interstellar Studies, UK, 2012+
  • Council Member, British Interplanetary Society, UK, 2012-2013.
  • Vice President & Co-founder, Icarus Interstellar, USA, 2011-2012.
  • Managing Director & founder, Stellar Engines Ltd, UK, 2011+
  • Deputy Chairman, British Interplanetary Society Technical Committee, 2010-2015.
  • Assistant Editor, Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, UK, 2010-2012.
  • Practitioner, Tau Zero Foundation, USA, 2007-2012.
  • Project Leader & Founder, Project Icarus, 2009-2011.
  • Visiting Researcher, Imperial College, UK, 2005.
  • Physicist, Ministry of Defence, 2002-2015
  • Lecturer Space Science, Reading University, 2004-2006.
  • Teacher, Engineering Design, East London College, 2000-2002.
  • Technician Scientist, Defence Evaluation Research Agency, 1999.


  • Member, Smithsonian National Air & Space Society, 2013+
  • Member Mars Society, 2013+
  • Associate Member, International Association of Astronomical Artists, 2013+
  • Member Planetary Society, 2010+
  • Chartered Member, Institute of Physics (CPhys MInstP), 2007+
  • Fellow British Interplanetary Society (FBIS), 2008+
  • Member British Interplanetary Society (MBIS), 1999-2007.
  • Member Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society2013+
  • Fellow, The Royal Astronomical Society, 2000-2005.
  • The Royal Aeronautical Society, 1997-2000.