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Maggie Lieu

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Maggie Lieu
Born1990
Alma materUniversity of Birmingham University of Kent
Scientific career
InstitutionsEuropean Space Astronomy Centre
ThesisCosmic Giants on Cosmic Scales
Doctoral advisorTrevor Ponman Will Farr

Maggie Lieu (born 1990) is a British astrophysicist and science communicator. She is a research fellow at the European Space Agency, where she studies dark matter and dark energy.

Education[edit | edit source]

Lieu is from Tile Hill, Coventry.[1] Lieu graduated from the University of Kent with a Masters degree in physics in 2012.[2] Her Masters thesis explored "The effects of FUV radiation on clumpy molecular clouds". She spent a year in California at University of California, Los Angeles.[3] She earned her PhD, "Cosmic giants on cosmic scales" under the supervision of Will Farr and Trevor Ponman at the University of Birmingham in 2016.[4][5] At Birmingham she arranged "Astronomy in the City", a series of public astronomy events.[1][6] She was awarded the 2015 UK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space Outreach award.[7]

Career[edit | edit source]

Lieu won a prestigious research fellowship at the at the European Space Agency in 2016.[8] She joined the Euclid team based at the European Space Astronomy Centre in Madrid. On the Euclid spacecraft, Lieu uses weak gravitational lensing to estimate the cluster mass of galaxies.[9] She is developing statistical methods to process data, and better understand the physics of galaxy clusters and their role in the Dark Universe.[10] In 2014, Lieu co-founded "Impact Midlands Physics Alliance Conference Training" an initiative to promote cross-disciplinary collaboration of young astronomers in the Midlands.[11] Lieu is a member of several international collaborations, she is a key scientist in the XXL collaboration and committee member of the joint HSC - XXL collaboration.[12][13][14]

Public Engagement[edit | edit source]

In 2016 Lieu developed and presented a series of online content for A-level physics students including podcasts and videos. [15] Lieu appeared in the 2017 Amazon TV show, "Meet the Superbrains", which aired on the Discovery Channel.[16][17] Lieu is the scientific advisor for Atomicom Limited.[18] She provided the scientific content and voiceover for upcoming video game JCB Pioneer Mars.[19] In 2018 she will give a keynote talk at Space Rocks, European Space Agency's two-day space festival in London.[20]

Mars One[edit | edit source]

In 2014 Lieu became a finalist in the competition to visit to Mars with Mars One.[21][22][23] The project planned to set up a permanent human settlement by 2024.[24] Out of 200,000 applicants, Lieu made it down to the final five from the UK.[25] Lieu wanted to be "among the first to give birth on Mars", but that there would only be "a small pool of potential fathers to pick from".[26][27] In February 2015 it was announced she had made it down to the final 100 candidates.[28][29][30] She was concerned that her "mum would be quite upset".[31] In June 2015, Lieu pulled out, citing work commitments.[32][33] Lieu used the opportunity to promote astrophysics to the general public.[34] She ran a series of public talks about relocation to Mars.[35][36]


References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Layton, Josh (2015-02-25). "Mars One Maggie Lieu defends one-way mission as study claims would-be astronauts will only live 68 days". birminghammail. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  2. "Undergraduate Student Profile: Maggie Lieu" (PDF). University of Kent. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  3. "Favole & Lieu - Cosmos". www.cosmos.esa.int. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  4. University of Birmingham Graduate School (2016-07-13), Maggie Lieu (College of Engineering and Physical Sciences -Physics and Astronomy), retrieved 2018-02-21
  5. Maggie, Lieu, (2016). "Cosmic giants on cosmic scales". etheses.bham.ac.uk. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  6. "Astronomy in the City". www.sr.bham.ac.uk. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  7. "UKSEDS Award Winners 2015 | UKSEDS". UKSEDS. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  8. "Favole & Lieu - Cosmos". www.cosmos.esa.int. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  9. "Maggie Lieu - Cosmos". www.cosmos.esa.int. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  10. European Space Agency, ESA (2018-02-09), ESAC Research Fellows – Maggie Lieu, retrieved 2018-02-21
  11. "IMPACT conference". www.sr.bham.ac.uk. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  12. "XXL Hunt for galaxy clusters". www.eso.org. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  13. "The Hyper Suprime-Cam Subaru Strategic Program". Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  14. "The XXL project". Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  15. "A level resources". www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergraduate/preparing-for-university/index.aspx. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  16. "The Gamechangers: Inventing The World (aka Meet The Superbrains) : Programs : Discovery Channel : Discovery Press Web". press.discovery.com. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  17. "Meet The Superbrains - Season 1 : Watch online now with Amazon Instant Video: Discovery: Amazon.co.uk". www.amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  18. "JCB Pioneer Mars - Andrew Santos & Maggie Lieu Interview". www.gamereactor.eu. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  19. "JCB Pioneer: Mars on Steam". store.steampowered.com. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  20. "Events | Space Rocks". Space Rocks. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  21. "Maggie Lieu - Mars One Community Platform". Mars One Community Platform. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  22. "Maggie goes to Mars". University of Birmingham. 2014-01-29. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  23. Erik,, Seedhouse,. Mars One : the ultimate reality TV show?. Cham. p. 59. ISBN 3319444972. OCLC 961185124.
  24. "Woman pulls out of one-way Mars trip". BBC News. 2015-06-17. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  25. "Maggie goes to Mars". University of Birmingham. 2014-01-29. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  26. Dassanayake, Dion (2015-01-30). "'Adam and Eve of another planet': Briton bids to be first woman to give birth to MARTIAN". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  27. "What planet is she on? It'll wreck her health, be suffocatingly claustrophobic - and she'll never see her family again. So why does Maggie want to live on Mars?". Mail Online. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  28. RTQuestionMore (2015-02-20), Mars One finalist Maggie Lieu speaks to RT International, retrieved 2018-02-21
  29. Agency (2015-02-16). "Mars One mission: five Britons shortlisted for one-way trip to Red Planet". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  30. Alexander, Sophie (2015-02-17). "Five Brits shortlisted for bonkers ONE WAY trip to MARS". Dailystar.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  31. Collins, Kat (2015-02-16). "'I may go to Mars and never come back' - BBC Newsbeat". BBC Newsbeat. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  32. "Woman pulls out of one-way Mars trip". BBC News. 2015-06-17. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  33. Fricker, Martin (2015-06-16). "British student Maggie Lieu pulls out of mission to colonise Mars". mirror. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  34. "life on mars interview with maggie lieu of mars one". Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  35. 2000, University College London-Gower Street- London- WC1E 6BT Tel: +4420 7679. "APEX: Maggie Lieu - Can humans really relocate to Mars?". Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  36. "Maggie Lieu talks to 5P". Heavers Farm Primary School. 2015-02-04. Retrieved 2018-02-21.


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