Professor Bob Lambourne

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Bob Lambourne is Professor of Educational Physics at the Open University. He was formerly the Head of the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the Open University and followed that post by becoming Director of the Physics Innovations Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (PiCETL). He currently chairs the Exploring Science Module Team.

He is a Member of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), and was an Adjunct Professor of Astronomy of Syracuse University from 1988 to 2008. He has taught for OUDCE since 1980, and became its Director of Studies in Physical Sciences in 1992.

Bob has been active in physics and astronomy education throughout his career. Posts held include Vice-President for Education at the Institute of Physics (IOP), Chair of the Physics Education Division of the European Physical Society (EPS), and Chair of the International Commission on Physics Education (part of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP)). He was awarded the Bragg Medal of the IOP in 2002, and the Gero Thomas Medal of the EPS in 2015. He was made a National Teaching Fellow in 2006.

His research interests include astrophysics, quantum field theory and physics education. He teaches across many areas, including; astronomy, particle physics, relativity and cosmology.


Some recently edited/co-edited and co-written books include:

An Introduction to Galaxies and Cosmology (2nd edition), Cambridge University Press; M Jones, R Lambourne and S Serjeant (eds.), 2015.

Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology, Cambridge University Press; R Lambourne (ed.), 2010.

Multimedia in Physics Teaching and Learning, Proceedings of the 14th MPTL Workshop, Societa Italiana di Physica; R Lambourne, M  Michelini, and L Mathelitsch (eds.), 2010.