Andrzej Fludra is a Solar Physicist and the Head of Solar Group at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK. He received his M.S. degree in electronics from Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland, in 1982, and the Ph.D. degree in physics from University of Wroclaw in 1988, where he was a Researcher in solar physics. He held a postdoctoral position at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, UK, from 1988 to 1994, and joined the Space Science Department, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK, in 1994. Dr. Fludra is now the Head of Solar Group at RAL. He is also the Principal Investigator for the Coronal Diagnostic Spectrometer (CDS) aboard SOHO spacecraft since 2003 and has been managing the SOHO/CDS science operations team at RAL and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center since 1996. He is the UK lead Coinvestigator for the new SPICE EUV spectrometer on the forthcoming solar orbiter mission and Coinvestigator for STEREO and solar dynamics observatory missions. He has been involved in several other solar missions, including the solar maximum mission, Yohkoh, and instrument proposals to NASA. Dr. Fludra’s research interests include hot, optically thin plasmas in stellar coronae, and all aspects of observational solar physics, with emphasis on diagnostics of the solar corona from X-ray and extreme ultraviolet spectra, heating of plasmas in solar active regions and flares, elemental abundances, the solar magnetic cycle, and galactic cosmic rays in the Heliosphere. Dr. Fludra is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a Member of the Institute of Physics, American Geophysical Union, and International Astronomical Union.
Biography Updated on 23 January 2011