Roger Blandford



  • Advisor
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe


Department of Physics and Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology


  • United States


PhD, University of Cambridge


Astrophysicist Roger Blandford helped develop theoretical astrophysics and cosmology studies at Caltech, and has now done the same as the founding director of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology. Blandford’s research covers much of astrophysics, particularly black holes and compact objects, cosmic ray physics and high energy astrophysics, cosmology and gravitational lensing.


Gold Medal, Royal Astronomical Society, 2013

Eddington Medal, Royal Astronomical Society, 2005

Eddington Medal, Royal Astronomical Society, 1999

Dannie Heineman Prize, American Astronomical Society, 1998

Fellow, Royal Society, 1989

Relevant Publications

Thorne, K.S., and R. Blandford. Modern Classical Physics. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2016.

Blandford, R.D. et al. Active Galactic Nuclei. Springer-Verlag, 1990.

Blandford, R.D., and R. Narayun. "Fermat's principle, caustics, and the classification of gravitational lens images." Astrophys. J. 310 (1986): 568–82.

Blandford, R.D., and D.G. Payne. "Hydromagnetic flows from accretion discs and the production of radio jets." Mon. Not. Roy. Astron. Soc. 199 (1982): 883–903.

Blandford, R.D., and J.P. Ostriker. "Particle acceleration by astrophysical shocks." Astrophys. J. 221 (1978): L29–L32.

Blandford, R.D., and R.L. Znajek. "Electromagnetic extraction of energy from Kerr blackholes." Mon. Not. Roy. Astron. Soc. 179 (1977): 433–56.

Blandford, R., and S.A. Teukolsky. "Arrival-time analysis for a pulsar in a binary system." Astrophys. J. 205 (1976): 580–91.