Philip Best

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Professor P N Best

Professor P N Best

Professor of Extragalactic Astrophysics
Academic staff
Royal Observatory, Edinburgh (ROE)
Room C21

Philip is a member of the following School research institute:

Research interests

  • Observational cosmology, studies of galaxy formation, and the high redshift Universe.
  • Active galactic nuclei (AGN), in particular their host galaxies, and their influence on galaxy evolution.
  • Radio astronomy, the cosmic evolution of radio sources, their growth, and radio source shocks
  • Star-forming galaxies at high redshift, and the star-formation history of the Universe
  • Clusters and groups of galaxies, and the effect of environment on the nature and properties of galaxies.

I have designed, organised and lectured a number of different courses, from pre-honours to Masters level, as well as serving on the School's Teaching Committee for five years, and being Senior Director of Studies of four years. Currently, I organise and lecture the pre-honours course "Discovering Astronomy" and the Senior Honours level course "High Energy Astrophysics" as well as supervising Senior Honours and Integrated Masters projects. I am the Admissions Officer for the School, and Chair the School Board of Studies.

Recent publications

  1. , , , , , , , , , , et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 469, 3, p. 3468-3488
  2. , , , , and , Astronomy and Computing, 19, p. 75-89
  3. , , , , , and , Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 469, 3, p. 2913-2932
  4. , , , , and , Astronomy & Astrophysics, 600, April 2017
  5. , , , , and , Astrophysical Journal, 838, 2, p. 119