Professor Ian Crawford
Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology
Room 605, Malet Street
tel: 020 3073 8026
Ian has been awarded a research grant by the Leverhulme Trust to study what lunar geology can tell us about the galactic environment of the Solar System.
Ian has recently written three articles concerned with the future of space exploration. The first, entitled 'Lunar Resources: A Review', has been published in the journal Progress in Physical Geography (Vol. 39, pp. 137-167, 2015). The other two are more speculative: the book chapter 'Interplanetary Federalism: Maximising the Chances of Extraterrestrial Peace, Diversity and Liberty' addresses the political organisation of future space colonies, while 'Avoiding Intellectual Stagnation: The Starship as an Expander of Minds' (Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, 67, 253-257, 2014) examines how, in the distant future, interstellar space exploration may advance human knowledge and culture.
Ian gave an invited talk on "The role of UK science in lunar exploration" at a meeting on 'Missions to the Moon: Parliamentary update on lunar science and exploration' that was held at the UK parliament on 14 May 2014.