Alan Peel

Alan Peel

Program Director; Science, Discovery and the Universe


Alan Peel is a Senior Lecturer in the astronomy department, who has studied the dynamics of galaxies and galaxy clusters to determine how it constrains cosmological parameters. He spent a gap year between degrees as an environmental scientist in Berkeley, California doing fieldwork and analysis for site remediation, which somehow lasted seven years. After earning a doctorate in physics (cosmology) at the University of California, Davis, he spent two years at Cambridge working in Stephen Hawking's group on modeling galaxy cluster velocities.

Peel served as co-director of Science, Discovery and the University from 2007 to 2013 and has been sole director since 2013. His other interests include classical and folk music, playing the concertina, morris dancing, home brewing, performing in the Washington Revels, fencing, and convincing people that anyone can learn physics. He is married and has “three” children, two daughters growing up too fast and a very short, hairy son who looks remarkably like a beagle.