Prof. John Peacock

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Institute for Astronomy, Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ, United Kingdom

Research interests

I am Professor of Cosmology at the Institute for Astronomy, of which I was Head between 2007 and 2013. This Institute is part of the School of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh, and is also part of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance.

My research interests are in theoretical and observational cosmology: large-scale structure; galaxy formation and evolution; evolution of active galaxies; gravitational lensing. I was the UK Chairman of the 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey, which transformed our knowledge of galaxy clustering in the early years of the 21st Century, winning the 2008 RAS Group Achievement Award.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the author of the postgraduate textbook 'Cosmological Physics'.


I have taught a variety of undergraduate courses since I joined the staff of the University of Edinburgh in 1998: Astronomy 1B; Mathematics for Physics 1; Vectors, Tensors & Fields; Quantum Mechanics; Physics of Stars & Nebulae; Astrophysical Cosmology; Astronomical Statistics; Advanced Cosmology. I am currently teaching Fourier Analysis. Notes for all these courses can be found at

Research outputs

  1. The clustering of the SDSS-IV extended Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey DR14 quasar sample: measurement of the growth rate of structure from the anisotropic correlation function between redshift 0.8 and 2.2 DOI
    Pauline Zarrouk, Etienne Burtin, Héctor Gil-Marín, Ashley J. Ross, Rita Tojeiro, Isabelle Pâris, Kyle S. Dawson, Adam D. Myers, Will J. Percival, Chia Hsun Chuang et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2018)
  2. Cluster richness-mass calibration with cosmic microwave background lensing DOI
    James E. Geach and John A. Peacock, Nature Astronomy, 1, p. 795-799 (2017)
  3. Dark Energy Survey Year 1 Results: Cosmological Constraints from Galaxy Clustering and Weak Lensing
    T. M. C. Abbott, F. B. Abdalla, A. Alarcon, J. Aleksić, S. Allam, S. Allen, A. Amara, J. Annis, J. Asorey, S. Avila et al., Physical Review D, Particles and fields (2017)
  4. The VIMOS Public Extragalactic Redshift Survey (VIPERS). The growth of structure at 0.5 < z < 1.2 from redshift-space distortions in the clustering of the PDR-2 final sample DOI
    A. Pezzotta, S. de la Torre, J. Bel, B. R. Granett, L. Guzzo, J. A. Peacock, B. Garilli, M. Scodeggio, M. Bolzonella, U. Abbas et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 604 (2017)
  5. The lensing and temperature imprints of voids on the cosmic microwave background DOI
    Yan-Chuan Cai, Mark C. Neyrinck, Qingqing Mao, John A. Peacock, Istvan Szapudi and Andreas Berlind, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 466, 3 , p. 3364-3375 (2016)
  6. A deep ALMA image of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field DOI
    J. S. Dunlop, R. J. McLure, A. D. Biggs, J. E. Geach, M. J. Michałowski, R. J. Ivison, W. Rujopakarn, E. van Kampen, A. Kirkpatrick, A. Pope et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 466, 1 , p. 861-883 (2016)
  7. Imprint of DES superstructures on the cosmic microwave background DOI
    A. Kovács, Juan Carlos Bueno Sánchez, Juan García-Bellido, S. Nadathur, R. Crittenden, D. Gruen, Dragan Huterer, D. Bacon, Joseph Clampitt, J. DeRose et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 465, 4 , p. 4166-4179 (2016)
  8. The SCUBA-2 Cosmology Legacy Survey: 850 μm maps, catalogues and number counts DOI
    J. E. Geach, J. S. Dunlop, M. Halpern, Ian Smail, P. van der Werf, O. Almaini, I. Aretxaga, V. Arumugam, V. Asboth, M. Banerji et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 465, 2 , p. 1789-1806 (2016)
  9. KiDS-450: cosmological parameter constraints from tomographic weak gravitational lensing DOI
    H. Hildebrandt, Massimo Viola, C. Heymans, S. Joudaki, K. Kuijken, C. Blake, T. Erben, Benjamin Joachimi, D. Klaes, L. Miller et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 465, 2 , p. 1454-1498 (2016)
  10. Testing the spherical evolution of cosmic voids DOI
    Vasiliy Demchenko, Yan-Chuan Cai, Catherine Heymans and John A. Peacock, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 463, 1 , p. 512-519 (2016)
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