Research interests

My research is principally concerned with magnetic fields in the Sun, planets and stars. My early work was on nonlinear models of the earth's dynamo incorporating dynamical back reaction due to the growing field. More recently I have worked on the interaction of convection with magnetic fields, with the aim of understanding the structure of sunspots and solar surface active regions. In the last few years I have studied the fundamentals of dynamo theory, offering a critique of earlier approximate simplifying assumptions. I am also interested in bifurcations  and pattern formation in dynamical systems with symmetry.


Summer School lectures on the solar cycle

Newton Institute lecture on dynamo theory


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Part III Convection (Lent Term, T-Th 9, MR13):   

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Gladstone Memorial Trust

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Michael Proctor  ScD FRS FIMA

Professor of Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics

DAMTP, University of Cambridge, UK

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Provost of  King's College, Cambridge (2013-)

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Former Fellow(1974-2013) and Vice-Master (2006-2012)

Trinity College, Cambridge

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