Jonathan Tennyson (physicist)
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Jonathan Tennyson Physicist

Jonathan Tennyson
Charles Jonathan Penrose Tennyson

(1955-05-11) 11 May 1955 (age 65)
Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
University of Sussex
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity College London
ThesisStudies in the ab initio calculation of molecular energies. (1980)

Charles Jonathan Penrose Tennyson (born 11 May 1955) is a British physicist. He is the Massey Professor of Physics (since 2005) and Head of Department at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London (2004-11). Chief Scientist Quantemol Ltd and Chair, Blue Skies Space Ltd.[1][2]


He was educated at Bootham School,[3] York. He continued his studies at King's College, Cambridge and the University of Sussex.

Research and career

Tennyson is an author of over 700 scientific papers focusing on applications of molecular spectroscopy to problems in astrophysics, atmospheric science, plasma physics and other fields. He has written a number of popular science articles. He wrote the undergraduate textbook Astronomical Spectroscopy: An Introduction to the Atomic and Molecular Physics of Astronomical Spectra (2005).[1] Leader of the ExoMol project.

Awards and honours

Tennyson was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2009.[1]

Personal life

He is the son of Hallam Tennyson, grandson of Sir Charles Tennyson and is the great-great-grandson of Alfred Lord Tennyson.[] He is the father of actor Matthew Tennyson.


  1. ^ a b c "Jonathan Tennyson". London: Royal Society. One or more of the preceding sentences may incorporate text from the website where "all text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License." "Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies". Archived from the original on 20 February 2016. Retrieved 2016.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "TENNYSON, Prof. (Charles) Jonathan (Penrose)". Who's Who. 2016 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  3. ^ Bootham Old Scholars Association (2011). Bootham School Register. York, England: BOSA.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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