The i4is has a team of specialist advisors or subject matter experts that we rely on from time to time, who kindly agree to give up their time to assist us with any planning or strategy decisions. These are listed below.
Professor Gregory Matloff
Dr Gregory L. Matloff is emeritus associate and adjunct associate professor of physics at New York City College of Technology (NYCCT), has coordinated the astronomy program at that institution, has consulted for the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society, is a Hayden Associate at the American Museum of Natural History and is a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics. His pioneering research in solar-sail technology has been utilized by NASA in plans for extra-solar probes and in consideration of technologies to divert Earth-threatening asteroids. He served as guest professor at the University of Siena, Italy, in 1994, has chaired many technical sessions and was honoured by NYCCT as Scholar-on-Campus during the 2008-2009 academic year. In 1998, he was a winner of a SETI competition sponsored by the National Academy of Discovery Science. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 research papers and nine books, which have been cited about 400 times. One of his books, “The Starflight Handbook” (Wiley, NY, 1989), was co-authored with MIT science-writer Dr Eugene Mallove and helped establish interstellar-propulsion studies as a sub-division of applied physics. Another interstellar book he published was ‘Deep Space Probes, 2000, 2005). More recent books (“Living Off the Land in Space,” Springer, NY, 2007 and “Paradise Regained”, Springer, NY, 2009) co-authored with his artist wife C Bangs and NASA manager Les Johnson, have dealt with human space habitation and utilization. His 2008 book with Les Johnson and Italian researcher Dr Giovanni Vulpetti (“Solar Sails: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel”, Springer, NY) received an excellent review in “Nature”. Most recently he has published an artist’s book with C Bangs, “Biosphere Extensions: Solar System Resources for the Earth”
Professor Chris Welch
Professor Chris Welch is a Resident Faculty member of the International Space University (ISU), Strasbourg, France and a Visiting Lecturer in Spacecraft Propulsion at Cranfield University, UK. Prior to his move to ISU, Dr Welch was Principal Lecturer in Astronautics and Space Systems at Kingston University where he held both Business and a Teaching Fellowships and was the University’s 2010 Teacher of the Year. Dr Welch is a winner of the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Space Education and also is Chair of the Space Education Trust and YuriGagarin50, a Director of the World Space Week Association and a trustee of the SpaceLink Learning Foundation and the Arts Catalyst and a Council Member of the British Interplanetary Society. Dr Welch is a frequent commentator on space and astronautics and has made more than 200 television and radio broadcasts. Among Dr Welch’s other achievements are that he was one of the final twenty candidates for the 1991 UK-USSR Juno mission to the Mir space station and has written what he believes to be the first ever paper on extra-terrestrial garden design. Dr Welch is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society, also serving as a member of the BIS Council. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a member of the Institute of Physics and of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. He is also a Chartered Physicist and a Chartered Scientist.
Dr Alan Bond
Dr Bond is the renowned aerospace engineer responsible for the design of the SABRE engine part of the Skylon single stage to orbit spaceplane system. Until recently Managing Director of Reaction Engines Ltd where the SABRE is being developed, Alan is associated with the Project Daedalus design of an interstellar spacecraft, a British Interplanetary Society study in the 1970s.
Professor Rachel Armstrong
Professor Armstrong is an accomplished speaker, trained medical Doctor, University architect Lecturer, inspirational speaker and author. She is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Newcastle. She is also a senior TED Fellow, and Visiting Research Assistant at the Centre for Fundamental Living Technology, Department of Physics and Chemistry, University of Southern Denmark. Rachel is a sustainability innovator who investigates a new approach to building materials called ‘living architecture,’ that suggests it is possible for our buildings to share some of the properties of living systems. She collaboratively works across disciplines to build and develop prototypes that embody her approach. She is the Project Leader for the Icarus Interstellar Project Persephone. Rachel was a member of the RESCUE “Collaboration between the natural, social and human sciences in global change research” Working Group, an interdisciplinary body of European experts making recommendations to the EU for strategic investment for interdisciplinary/scientific research of climate change. She was also part of the TARPOL report Targeting environmental pollution with engineered microbial systems á la carte, for the European Commission. In 2011 Rachel was named as one of the top ten UK innovators by Director Magazine, featured in the top ten ‘big ideas, 10 original thinkers’ for BBC Focus Magazine and selected as one of BMW/Wired’s Change Accelerators. She has previously published a TED Book on Living Architecture, which is available on Kindle, Nook and iBook and her most recent publication is titled 'Star Ark' which is published with Springer-Praxis.
Dr Freeman Dyson
Freeman Dyson died on 26 February 2020. He remained a member of the i4is Advisory Council until his death. Our tribute to him is here. He was born in the UK and later became a naturalised American, living in Princeton, New Jersey for over fifty years. Dyson was a member of the Board of Sponsors for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and a Fellow of the Royal Society. Dyson was well known for having demonstrated in 1949 the equivalence of the formulations of quantum electrodynamics proposed separately by Richard Feynman, Julian Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga. He is also well known as one of the active participants of the Project Orion nuclear pulse study which took place between 1958 to 1965. He also pioneered the concepts now known as ‘Dyson spheres’. Dyson was a long-time member of the JASON defence advisory Group. During his career, he was given numerous awards including the Lorentz Medal (1966), Max Planck Medal (1969), the Enrico Fermi Award (1993) and the Harvey Prize (1977). He was also awarded the Templeton Prize (2000).
Professor Ian Crawford
Ian is Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck College, University of London. His career in science began with astronomy where he conducted studies of the interstellar medium and also the circumstellar disks that may be around planetary systems. These days he works mainly in the field of planetary science, with research interests including lunar science, space exploration, and astrobiology. He has long had an interest in the prospects for interstellar spaceflight. Further information about Ian's work and activities can be found at: https://www.bbk.ac.uk/our-staff/profile/8004655/ian-crawford
Dr Claudio Maccone
Dr Claudio Maccone is an Italian space scientist with a PhD from the Department of Mathematics at King’s College, London. He worked for the Space Systems Group of Aeritalia working on the design of artificial satellites. He has published over 70 scientific technical papers on space science, many in Acta Astronautica and the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society. He has written several books, including ‘Telecommunications, KLT and Relativity (1994) and ‘The Sun as a Gravitational Lens: Proposed Space Missions’ (1998). His most recent book was ‘Deep Space Flight and Communications’ (2009). In 2000 he was elected co-Vice Chair of the SETI Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics and since 2010 has served as the Technical Director of Scientific Space Missions. In 2001 the asteroid 11264 was named Claudiomaccone in his honour by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). He was also awarded the Giordano Bruno award by the SETI league in 2002 for his efforts to establish a radio observatory on the far side of the Moon.