Peter Dunsby is currently a full professor of gravitation and cosmology in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He has published extensively in theoretical cosmology, teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and works closely with his graduate students and postdocs. He is regularly invited to lecture at local and international meetings and has a proven track record in fund raising and in the management of large research grants.
In 2003 he secured a bid to host the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP) at the University of Cape Town and was subsequently appointed director of this programme. Over the past eleven years NASSP has made a major contribution to human resource development in Astronomy and the Space Science in Southern Africa.
Together with Renee Kraan-Korteweg, he is co-director of the Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravity Centre (ACGC) at UCT. With a membership of more than 80 staff, postgraduate students and postdocs, this centre is one of the largest research units of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
In 2006 he was awarded the British Association (silver) medal from South African Association for the Advancement of Science.
A devoted father, avid hiker, traveller and cook, he spends much of his free time with his daughter, exploring the mountains of the world, whipping up food for friends and family and if you ever need to find him on a Sunday morning, he will be on one of the many Table Mountain trails with his hiking pals.
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