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Prof Walsh is a member of the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute and a Professor of Solar Astrophysics. His research expertise covers hydrodynamic simulations of plasma flow and observations of coronal dynamics, combining his theoretical modelling expertise with involvement in multi-spacecraft solar observations. Prof Walsh has led a long-term partnership between UCLan and NASA, resulting in collaboration on space missions including the Solar Dynamics Observatory and the High resolution Coronal Imager (HI-C).
Throughout his academic career, Prof Walsh has engaged the public with his research and he has made this a core part of his academic output. Projects linked directly to his research have included collaborations with artists and a successful Guinness World Record attempt. Prof Walsh has championed the embedding of public engagement in the role of a researcher and led the development of a successful science festival and established a dedicated outreach laboratory at UCLan, in collaboration with the Royal Institution.
Prof Walsh was awarded the British Association for the Advancement of Science Lord Kelvin Award, was named the ‘Scientist for the New Century’ (Royal Institution award, 2001), and is possibly the only Professor to hold a Guinness World Record for public engagement with research.
In collaboration with professional artists, Prof Walsh has engaged new audiences with his research through creative, audio-visual installation pieces, (Sunbeam, 2011; The Sun at Night, 2013). Through the ‘Water Rocket Challenge’, he engaged a global audience of thousands with the NASA HI-C space mission and successfully achieved a world record for the most water rockets launched in 24 hours (2012).
On 21 August 2017 there was a total eclipse of the Sun across the United States of America. Robert was part of a four-hour live online telecast of the eclipse from Carbondale, Illinois via NASA EDGE. He took take part in interviews as a science expert and answered live panel questions throughout the duration of the eclipse. .
Robert also published an article on The Conversation about the total solar eclipse, entitled ‘What we can learn from the 2017 solar eclipse’
Cirtain, J. W., Golub, L., Winebarger, A. R., De Pontieu, B., Kobayashi, K., Moore, R. L., Walsh, Robert William, Korreck, K. E., Weber, M., McCauley, P., Title, A., Kuzin, S. and DeForest, C. E. (2013) Energy release in the solar corona from spatially resolved magnetic braids. Nature, 493 (7433). pp. 501-503. ISSN 0028-0836 Item not available from this repository.
Meigh-Andrews, Chris, Henkel, David and Walsh, Robert William (2012) Sunbeam poster.
Adamakis, Sotiris, Eyres, S. P. S., Sarkar, A. and Walsh, Robert William (2011) A pre-outburst signal in the long-term optical light curve of the recurrent nova RS Ophiuchi. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 414 (3). pp. 2195-2203. ISSN 00358711
Adamakis, Sotiris, Walsh, Robert W. and Morton-jones, Anthony J. (2010) Constraining Coronal Heating: Employing Bayesian Analysis Techniques to Improve the Determination of Solar Atmospheric Plasma Parameters. Solar Physics, 262 (1). p. 117. ISSN 0038-0938
Marsh, M. S., Walsh, Robert William and Plunkett, S. (2009) Three-dimensional coronal slow modes: toward three-dimensional seismology. The Astrophysical Journal, 697 (2). pp. 1674-1680. ISSN 0004-637X
Marsh, M. S. and Walsh, Robert William (2009) Using HINODE/Extreme-Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrometer to confirm a seismologically inferred coronal temperature. The Astrophysical Journal, 706 (1). L76. ISSN 0004-637