Charles Jonathan Penrose Tennyson
11 May 1955
Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge|
University of Sussex
|Institutions||University College London|
|Thesis||Studies 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.
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). Leader of the ExoMol project.