Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Helen E. Mason

Who I am ?

  • Assistant Director of Research at DAMTP
  • Fellow of St Edmund's College
I am a member of staff at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge. I have been based at Cambridge for 20 years, but was trained at the University of London. I lecture at Cambridge University and have also taught for the Open University.

Research interests

My field of research is solar physics, in particular the ultraviolet and X-ray spectrum of the Sun. I have worked on many space projects including Skylab's Apollo Telescope Mount, the Solar Maximum Mission satellite and Spacelab2. More recently I have been working with a satellite called SOHO, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, an ESA and NASA space project, which was launched in December 1995. The observations from SOHO have completely changed our view of the Sun.

Other interests

I am keen to convey my interest and excitement in solar physics to the general public and to school children. I have written articles and participated in radio and TV programmes. I am collaborating with some colleagues to produce a CD-ROM for teenagers (13-16 year old) called Sun Block '99: Young Scientists Investigate the Sun.

Contact Information

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