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Top PI: Francis Keenan, steady state physicist

Astrophysics professor Francis Keenan has spent a professional lifetime at Queen’s University, Belfast. He tells Rebecca Hill about the costs and benefits of a settled existence and why he thinks that those who aren’t cut out for academia should get out as soon as they can.

You’ve spent your whole career, from undergraduate to head of the school of mathematics and physics at QUB—why do you think that is?

I joke that no one else would have me, but it’s the way things have worked out and I’m happy here. I think nowadays it would be quite unusual to stay in the same place, but maybe not 30 or 40 years ago. There’s certainly more emphasis on mobility now.

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