Philippa Browning is a Professor at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester in the UK. Following a degree in Mathematics at Cambridge and a PhD at St Andrews, she became the first woman appointed to lecture in Physics at Manchester. Her research is concerned with the mysterious fourth state of matter – plasma. She uses mathematical modelling and computer simulation to understand the complex interactions between plasmas and magnetic fields, with application both to the atmosphere of the Sun and to the generation of energy by nuclear fusion. A main focus of her research is to exploit synergies between these apparently very different fields. Philippa enjoys teaching undergraduates and postgraduates in physics and astronomy, conveying the excitement of the subject to the next generation. She is also passionate about communicating to the general public, and is involved in many public talks and events. She was awarded the Chapman Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2016.
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