AOUG Vice-Chancellor Sir John Horlock Award for Science
2014 recipient Jon Gregson
This year's award winner was Jon Gregson for "LOw Frequency ARray (LOFAR) studies of the Galactic Plane”. He was introduced by Professor Glenn White. He had worked full-time as a service manager in London whilst studying for his BSc (Honours) in Physical Sciences at the OU part-time over the space of about 5 years, graduating in 2011. He specialised in physics and astronomy (with a sideline in mathematics) and originally wanted to do particle physics.
He decided he wanted to go further, do his PhD and become a real professional scientist. However, he'd always been really interested in relativity and black holes and so ended up choosing his childhood favourite, astronomy, over detecting particles. There was a project on the effects of Black Holes on Star Formation that really interested him. He applied and was then introduced both to Professor White and his current project. The LOw Frequency ARray is an international collaboration led by the Netherlands in partnership with Sweden, Germany and the UK. LOFAR is currently the largest connected radio telescope in the world.