School of Physical Sciences

Professor Mark Burchell

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Professor of Space Science

Office: Room 1, Marlowe Building
Telephone: (01227) 827833
Fax: 01227 827558

University Roles

  • Dean of Sciences (2011-2016)

External Activities

  • Member of STFC Astronomy Grants Panel 2013



Professor Burchell was an undergraduate at Birmingham University (1978-1981) obtaining a Bsc(Hons) 1st class. He then received a research council studentship to study for a PhD in experimental particle particle physics at Imperial College (London) (1981 – 1984). This was followed by post-doc positions at Imperial (1984 – 1986),  Univ. California Santa Cruz (1986-1989) and as a CERN fellow (1989-1992). In 1993 he obtained a lectureship in Space Science at the Univ. of Kent. In 2000 he was promoted Senior Lecturer, to Reader in 2002 and Professor of Space Science in 2007.

Professor Burchell has published over 175 journal papers and given over 70 research talks at conferences and meetings. He is a member of the American Physical Society, member of the Meteoritical Society and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. From 2006-2008 and again from 2008-2010 he was Chair of the Astrobiology Society of Britain. He has sat on the organising committees (local and scientific) of several scientific conferences, and for example, has organised four 1 day meetings at the Royal Astronomy Society (London), with the most recent being in 2012 (on Sample Return to Small Bodies).

Inside the Univ. of Kent, Professor Burchell was Acting Head of the School of Physical Sciences in 2004-2005 and 2011 - 2012. He was deputy Head of Department of the School from 2000-2004 and 2005-2006. He was Director of Undergraduate Studies in Physics for several years until 2007.

Professor Burchell has been Dean of the Faculty of Sciences since 2010. Previously he was Sub-Dean of the Faculty (2008-2010) and Faculty Director of Graduate Studies (2008 - 2010).


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Last Updated: 02/03/2015