Gillian Wright
17 Apr 2012



Biography page for Gillian Wright




Gillian Wright
UK Astronomy Technology Centre
Royal Observatory, Edinburgh
Blackford Hill

Tel: +44 (0)131 668 8248


  • Gillian Wright is Director of the UK-ATC. She is also the European PI for the James Webb Space Telescope Mid-IR Instrument, and a visiting professor of the Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh.
  • She obtained her PhD in physics from Imperial College in 1986 and was appointed to an ROE Fellowship. She was a staff scientist at UKIRT and then Head of Instrumentation from 1995 until 1997, when she returned to the UK to join the newly formed UK-ATC.
  • She has 30 years experience of ground- and space-based instrumentation for astronomy having provided scientific, technical and management leadership for projects ranging from observatory management software, through critical mechanism sub-systems, to entire instruments.
  • Gillian was awarded an MBE for Services to Science in 2006, and is a member of a number of National and International Advisory Panels for astronomy and astronomical instrumentation.