Professor James Binney

Professor of Physics; Head of Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics; Fellow of Merton College


Professor Binney is a theoretical physicist who studies the structure and formation of galaxies. His research group creates models of the galaxy with which they aim to map the distribution of gravitating matter through the galaxy, and so to deduce how it was formed and how it evolved to its present state.


  • Galactic dynamics
  • Structure and evolution of the Milky Way
  • Formation of galaxies