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Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown

Associate Professor

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)
Physics and Mathematics


Dr Brown teaches astronomy to both undergraduates and postgraduate students. He also supervises the astronomy project for the final year and postgraduate students.

Dr Brown is responsible for the NTU observatory; he develops astronomy related outreach activities for the general public and schools together with the Centre for Effective Learning in Science (CELS).

Research areas

Physics, Materials and Sensors

Areas of research interest include stellar evolution, stellar wind, archaeoastronomie and astronomy outreach.

  • Stellar Evolution: Modelling the influence of rotation on the evolution of low mass stellar evolution. Predicted properties are such as the luminosity function on the Red Giant branch, rotational velocities of Horizontal Branch stars, and surface chemical abundance changes.
  • Stellar Wind – ISM Interaction: Analysing the interaction of runaway OB-stars with their surrounding ISM creating bow shock nebula using wide field imaging and long slit spectra.
  • Archaeoastronomie: Researching prehistoric construction methods of sites such as Stonehenge.
  • Astronomy Outreach: Developing installations and material for a science park such as a giant sundial. Integrating astronomy into science teaching through the use of the NTU observatory.

Opportunities arise to carry out postgraduate research towards a MPhil / PhD in the areas identified above. Further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and recent research is being conducted with the collaboration, funding and / or support of the:


Supporting the Outdoor Classroom. Brown D, Francis R & Alder A, The Archaeo-Astronomy Project, School Science Review, 2013, 94 (349)

A Global Citizen of the skies. Brown D & Neale N, Educational futures (BESA), 2010, 2 (2)

Peak into the Past- An Archaeo-Astronomy Summerschool. Brown D, Neale N & Francis R, School Science Review, 2010, 93 (342), 83-90

Archaeo-Astronomy in Society. Brown D & Canas L, International Journal for Science in Society, 2010, 2 (3), 153-164

See all of Daniel Brown's publications...

Press expertise

  • Archaeo-astronomy - exploring ancient ideas of astronomy (eg Stonehenge)
  • Astronomy education
  • General astronomy