About me



I’m a Professor of Astrophysics in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at The University of Manchester and an Associate Director of Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics.

I am active in research – working mainly on multiwavelength observations and modelling of nova explosions – and undergraduate/ postgraduate teaching.

I also carry out a wide range of public engagement activities including regular appearances in the media and in events at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre and elsewhere. 

One of our current major public engagement projects is the bluedot festival – a celebration of music, science, technology and the arts. We are also working on a project to celebrate the heritage of Jodrell Bank including the construction of a major new gallery (part of the First Light project). I was also a co-author with Teresa Anderson of the proposal leading to Jodrell Bank Observatory being designated a World Heritage Site in 2019.

Away from work, I enjoy (mostly) watching Manchester United and working in our garden in the Peak District, a beautiful part of the world.

You can contact me by email on tim.obrien at manchester.ac.uk or by Twitter.