Archive for Andy Lawrence

Astronomy Grants: Past, Present, and Future

Posted in Finance, Science Politics with tags , , , , on February 3, 2011 by telescoper

Just time to put my community service hat briefly in order draw the attention of all friendly astronomers to the report on the 2010 STFC Astronomy grant round that has been circulated by the AGP Chair, Andy Lawrence (aka the e-Astronomer).

There is a lot of important information in this report, not only about the statistics of the last round but also about the new grants system that will be in operation from this year onwards so you really should read it carefully, especially if you’re planning to submit a grant application in 2011.

The report has been circulated to the astrocommunity mailing list, so most of you out there will have seen it but for those of you who haven’t you can find it on Paul Crowther’s website here.

I haven’t got time today to add detailed comments of my own – it’s a UCAS day in Cardiff today (among other things) – but I may do so in future. However, please feel free to comment/react/moan but please remember not to shoot the messenger!


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Astronomy Look-alikes, No. 44

Posted in Astronomy Lookalikes with tags , on January 23, 2011 by telescoper

Now that the results of the STFC Astronomy Grants Panel recommendations have been sent out – to the joy of a few and disappointment of many – I thought I’d honour the Chair by making him the first person to receive a second look-alike. The first one is here.

This one was suggested by another member of the Astronomy Grants Panel, who shall remain nameless but who is called Mike Watson. It might seem a strange coincidence that both these look-alikes are comedians but, then again, perhaps not…

Adrian Edmondson

Andy Lawrence


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Astronomy Look-alikes, No. 7

Posted in Astronomy Lookalikes with tags , , on January 1, 2010 by telescoper

Setting aside the obvious tonsorial issues, I always felt that Andy Lawrence, the e-astronomer, bears more than a passing resemblance to Welsh comedian Griff Rhys Jones. Talks a bit like him too…

Famous Comedian

Famous Astronomer