Jane MacArthur


Jane MacArthur
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Jane MacArthur FRAS is a British planetary scientist and science writer based in Leicester.

Early life and education

Jane MacArthur went to City of Norwich School, Norfolk, before studying Mathematics at the University of Nottingham. She completed an MSc in Planetary Sciences at University College London after taking distance learning courses in Planetary Geology, Exoplanets and Galaxies at Liverpool John Moores University. She completed several workshops and summer schools relating to geology and exoplanets, developing a considerable public profile through science festivals and media appearances.


MacArthur studies martian meteorites and Stardust comet samples with John Bridges, Michael Branney and Steve Baker at the University of Leicester.[1] Her research includes fieldwork at impact craters, volcanoes and volcanic fields.[2]

MacArthur is a member of the UKSEDS (UK Students for Exploration & Development of Space) Advisory Board and British Interplanetary Society (BIS) Education & Outreach committee.[3] In 2014 she was elected for the council of the Royal Astronomical Society.[4]

Public engagement

In 2011, MacArthur was invited to watch the launch of the final NASA STS-135 mission from the Kennedy Space Centre.[5] In 2012 she was appointed National Point of Contact for the Space Generation Advisory Council.[6] She has been involved in several public engagement activities, from "I'm a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here" to NASA Socials.[7][8] In 2016, she was the only UK winner of the European Southern Observatory’s social media competition.[9] In 2017 she contributed to BlueDot festival with the University of Manchester and the UK Space Conference.[citation needed]

MacArthur writes for the science magazine Popular Astronomy.[citation needed] She is on the steering board of the educational fund RAS 200, which looks to award £1,000,000 to projects that support astronomy and geophysics.[10]


  1. ^ "Jane L MacArthur | University of Leicester - Academia.edu". leicester.academia.edu. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  2. ^ "C. V. – Jane MacArthur". janemac.org. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  3. ^ "BIS Member gets big win!". www.bis-space.com. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  4. ^ "Royal Astronomical Society". www.ras.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  5. ^ "STS-135 Space Shuttle launch – Jane MacArthur". janemac.org. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  6. ^ "NPoC for the Space Generation Advisory Council – Jane MacArthur". janemac.org. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  7. ^ "Profile - Space Zone". Space Zone. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  8. ^ "Mars Society UK meetings". spaceflight-uk.com. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  9. ^ ap507. "University of Leicester student is one of only eight in the world to win astronomy competition — University of Leicester". www2.le.ac.uk. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  10. ^ "RAS@200". www.ras.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-11-18.