Professor Peter Dunsby
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.
He was the co-director of the Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravity Centre at UCT until 2016 and also serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Modern Physics (the link is https://www.worldscientific.com/worldscinet/ijmpd)
In 2006 he was awarded the British Association (silver) medal from South African Association for the Advancement of Science and in 2016 he was awarded the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) prize for Human Capacity Development
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.