Peter Coles


I am gay and I am a professor of theoretical physics, specialising in astrophysics and cosmology.//

I did my first degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in Theoretical Physics in my final year. I then did a postgraduate research degree (DPhil) at the University of Sussex I subsequently held postdoctoral research positions at Sussex and Queen Mary, University of London, before I got my first professorial position at the University of Nottingham. I moved in 2007, and then back to Sussex as Head of the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences in 2013. For a variety of reasons I moved back to Cardiff in 2016 in a part-time role, and took up my current position at Maynooth University in Ireland full-time in July 2018. I do research in theoretical cosmology and the large-scale structure of the Universe and teach various topics in theoretical physics, including computational physics, vector calculus and astrophysics and cosmology. I have been `out’ since I was a research student i.e. for over 30 years. Over the years the overwhelming majority of colleagues have responded in a positive, supportive and friendly manner to the fact that I’m gay.

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