Dr Robin Green

I was born in Glasgow in 1937 and was brought up as a Roman Catholic.  I was educated at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire, where I originally took A-levels in classics before switching to mathematics. I won an Open Major scholarship to Wadham College, Oxford, where I read Mathematics, completing my degree in 1959.

 I joined the Department of Astronomy in Glasgow University as a research student and was appointed assistant lecturer in that department in 1961.  My main research at this time was in theoretical solar physics, although I did undertake a project in observational solar spectroscopy at the Department of Astrophysics in the University of Oxford.  My PhD. thesis was entitled "Mechanisms of Solar Flares".  I was appointed lecturer in Astronomy in 1965.  In a small department my lecturing commitments were varied and I developed research interests in radio astrophysics and cosmology. 

In 1975 I joined the Church of Scotland and was ordained as an elder two years later.  My interest in cosmology naturally involved close involvement with the general theory of relativity and I specialised in the relativistic aspects of astrometry.  This led to the publication of my monograph "Spherical Astronomy", CUP 1985.  In 1989 I was appointed Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in Glasgow University.  In 1990 I was appointed Principal Adviser of Studies in the Faculty of Science, a position that I held until my retirement in 2002.  This considerably widened my day to day contact with students over a wide range of scientific disciplines.

 For the last six years of my fulltime academic employment I was on the Gifford Lectures Committee at Glasgow University.  I am currently an Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Glasgow University and a member of the Session at Wellington Church, Glasgow, where my wife is Session Clerk. We are both long time supporters of Christian Aid and for it we have just completed a sponsored abseil off the Titan Crane in Clydebank.  I am a member of Wellington’s Justice and Peace Group and convener of their Eco-section and occasionally act as an assessor for Eco-Congregation Scotland.

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