Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Professor in Plasma Physics (part-time)



+44 (0)20 7594 7638steve.cowley Website




735Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





MAST eruptionsFilament eruptionSteven Cowley became Director of the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in September 2008 and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority in November 2009. He received his BA from Oxford University and his PhD from Princeton University. Professor Cowley's post-doctoral work was at Culham and he returned to Princeton in 1987. He joined the faculty at the University of California Los Angeles in 1993, rising to the rank of Full Professor in 2000. From 2001 to 2003 he led the plasma physics group at Imperial College, London. He remains a Professor at Imperial College and a member of the Plasma Physics Group. In 2012 he was awarded the Glazebrook Medal of the Institute of Physics.  He is a member of the Prime Minister's Council of Science and Technology.


Rincon F, Schekochihin AA, Cowley SC, 2015, Non-linear mirror instability, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol:447, ISSN:0035-8711, Pages:L45-L49

Cowley SC, Cowley B, Henneberg SA, et al., 2015, Explosive instability and erupting flux tubes in a magnetized plasma, Proceedings of the Royal Society A-mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences, Vol:471, ISSN:1364-5021

Kunz MW, Schekochihin AA, Chen CHK, et al., 2015, Inertial-range kinetic turbulence in pressure-anisotropic astrophysical plasmas, Journal of Plasma Physics, Vol:81, ISSN:0022-3778

Cole MDJ, Newton SL, Cowley SC, et al., 2014, Electromagnetic effects in the stabilization of turbulence by sheared flow, Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, Vol:56, ISSN:0741-3335, Pages:015007-015007

Meyer H, Abel IG, Akers RJ, et al., 2013, Overview of physics results from MAST towards ITER/DEMO and the MAST Upgrade, Nuclear Fusion, Vol:53, ISSN:0029-5515

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