Paul Crowther is an observational astronomer whose research interests involve the properties and evolutionary state of massive stars in the Milky Way and other galaxies, especially Wolf-Rayet stars. He has also studied Planetary Nebulae, supernovae, plus starburst galaxies both in the nearby universe and at high redshift. Paul has identified the most massive stars currently known in the nearby universe and co-authored a monograph devoted to Hot Luminous Stars and Starburst Galaxies.
Paul is a past recipient of a Royal Society Universe Research Fellowship (1998-2006). He has received telescope awards with Hubble, Spitzer, Herschel, ESO and Gemini as principal investigator. He has also co-produced Sounds of the Cosmos, which involved a live performance of Holst's Planets Suite interspersed with a narrated overview of astronomy.