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Prof. John Richer

Prof. John Richer

Professor of Physics

Fellow of Downing College

F26 Battcock Centre for Experimental Astrophysics
Cavendish Laboratory
JJ Thomson Avenue

Cambridge CB3 0HE
Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 337246


John Richer is an astrophysicist with expertise in the field of star formation, with a particular in interest in radio and submillimetre observations of young stars.  During his career in Cambridge he has held a Junior Research Fellowship at Queens' College, a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, and he is currently  Professor of Physics in the Astrophysics Group at the Cavendish Laboratory.  He has also spent two years in industry as a professional software engineer.

He started his research work using the then newly-opened James Clerk Maxwell Telescope; from 2000-2011 he was the UK Project Scientist for ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimetre Array, and he continues to play a role in this $1.4 billion international project. From 2013 to 2019 he has was the Director of Undergraduate Teaching, chairing the Physics Teaching Committee and is responsible for teaching in all four years of our undergraduate and MASt courses. He was awarded a Pilkington Prize for teaching in 2018. 

 Publications list available at:


Research groups


Research Interests

Star formation: surveys of molecular gas for young protostars;  the physical structure of molecular clouds; nature of gravitational collapse;  protostellar discs and outflows.


  • Astrophysics
  • Education

Key Publications

Complete List of  Publications

John Richer's publications can be found at