Manolis Rovilos

Favourite Thing: I enjoy discovering new things and making sense of unexpected observations.



PhD in Astronomy, University of Manchester, BSc in Physics, University of Athens


Work History:

Bologna Observatory, Max-Planck institute, Athens Observatory

Current Job:

Marie Curie Fellow at the Durham University


University of Durham

Me and my work

I study how the black holes in the centres of galaxies affect their evolution.

Every galaxy in the universe has a black hole in their centre and in some of them this black hole seems to be active, swallowing large amounts of gas, even whole stars. These processes release huge amounts of energy, which are enough to destroy the whole galaxy, so they have to affect the evolution go the galaxies. I am trying to find signatures of this interaction using different observational techniques to isolate different processes in the galaxies that release energy.

My Typical Day

Reading scientific papers and analysing data.

A typical day starts with browsing the archive of scientific papers and reading the most interesting ones in order to keep up to date with the research in my field. Then it is a lot of data analysis in order to extract the interesting signals out of usually noisy data. This requires a lot of computer programming. I also discuss with other scientists about my work and theirs and sometimes interesting ideas come out of those discussions; they often are informal discussions over coffee… When enough analysis is done, I write papers to be published in journals and give talks about my work to the colleagues in my department or conferences.

What I'd do with the money

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

curious, persistent

Who is your favourite singer or band?

What's your favourite food?

sea food

What is the most fun thing you've done?

What did you want to be after you left school?

become a Physicist

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

I was in trouble often, arguing with my teachers

What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

My high school Physics teacher and my natural curiosity

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

Tell us a joke.

Other stuff

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