A University of St Andrews astronomer has been named one of the best young voices of science in the world.
Dr Martin Dominik, a researcher at the university’s School of Physics & Astronomy, is the first Scottish-based academic to be made a member of The Global Young Academy.
Since arriving in St Andrews in 2003, Dr Dominik has been at the forefront of the search for new planets. He played a key role in the discovery of the most Earth-like planet found to date at the time of its announcement in 2006 and was co-leader of the international team that first discovered the planet, named OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb.
Recently, he took part in an international study that carried out an ‘opinion survey’ of the skies which suggests that there are hundreds of planets in the Milky Way alone that are yet to be discovered.
A strong advocate of the importance of science communication, Dr Dominik was selected for his excellence and commitment to his field of science. He joins 171 leading young scientists from 54 countries and six continents, which includes just five other researchers from the rest of the UK.