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Professor Simon Redfern

Professor of Mineral Physics
Head of the Department of Earth Sciences
Earth Sciences

Simon Redfern is Professor of Mineral Physics and Head of the Department of Earth Sciences. 

Academic interests

Simon Redfern's academic interests include:

  • Structural physics of minerals and oxides at extreme temperatures and pressures
  • Mechanical and anelastic behaviour of minerals
  • Mineralogical analogues for understanding long term stability of nuclear waste.

Degrees obtained

  • MA, Cantab.
  • PhD, Cantab.


Simon is Professor of Mineral Physics and Head of Department at the University of Cambridge, Department of Earth Sciences.

Before coming to Cambridge, Simon was Lecturer in Geochemical Spectroscopy in the Departments of Earth Sciences and Chemistry at the University of Manchester. He was the founding Chair of the NERC Cambridge Earth System Science DTP as well as being a Director of Studies at Jesus College.

Simon’s research interests focus on the physical and chemical properties of minerals and associated fluids in planetary interiors. He uses experimental and computational methods to understand the role of minerals in Earth and planetary processes at extreme pressures and temperatures. He is a visiting scientist at the High Pressure Science and Technology Advanced Research (HPSTAR) institute of the Chinese Academy of Engineering Physics.

He is a member of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management, providing independent scrutiny and advice to the UK governments on the long term management of higher activity radioactive wastes. 

Simon has also served as a British Science Association Science Media Fellow at the BBC, experiencing the mechanisms by which scientific discovery and journalistic exposition interact, both in written and broadcast media. He's keen to help in efforts to make scientific methods and processes, as well as discoveries, accessible to a wide audience.

Other interests

Family, exploring mountains and islands, pottery, running and cycling (one step away from triathlon!)

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Publications, links and resources

See a full list of Simon Redfern's publications.

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