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Thijs Kouwenhoven

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Prof. Dr. M.B.N. (Thijs) Kouwenhoven (柯文采) is Head of the Department of Physics at the School of Mathematics and Physics at Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University (2016-present). Thijs Kouwenhoven was born in the Netherlands, where he obtained is undergraduate degree from Leiden University (2002) and his PhD from the University of Amsterdam (2006), after which he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sheffield (2006-2009). Before moving to Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, he was a research professor (百人计划研究员) at the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Peking University (2009-2016). His research focuses on computational astrophysics, primarily in the fields of planetary system dynamics, few-body systems, and star cluster dynamics.


2021-present: Professor, Department Physics, School of Mathematics and Physics, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China

2021-2022: Deputy Director, Centre for Mathematics and Physics, School of Science, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China

2019-present: Head of Department, Department of Physics, School of Mathematics and Physics, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China

2019-present: Honorary Associate in Mathematical Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK

2018-2021: Senior Associate Professor, Department of Physics, School of Science, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China

2018-2019: Head of the Physics Division, Mathematics Sciences cluster, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China

2016-2019: Honorary Teaching Staff in Mathematical Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK

2016-2018: Associate Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China

2009-2016: Bairen Reseach Professor (Hundred Talent Program) in Astrophysics, Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Peking University, China

2009-2011: Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation (PPGF) Fellow, International Astronomical Union (IAU)

2006-2009: PPARC/STFC Research Associate, Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Sheffield, UK


XJTLU - PHY003 - Introductory Electromagnetism and Quantum Physics

XJTLU - MTH015 - Linear Algebra (2022 - present)

XJTLU - PHY002 - Physics (2017 - 2018, 2022)

XJTLU - MTH017 - Linear Algebra for Mathematical Sciences (2016 - 2021)

XJTLU - MTH301 - Final Year Project (2016 - present)

XJTLU - SCI001 - Science Taster (2022)

XJTLU - PHY302 - General Relativity (2021)

XJTLU - PHY006 - Electromagnetism (2019 - 2020)

XJTLU - PHY004 - Classical Mechanics (2019 - 2020)

Peking University - Introduction to Astronomy (2009)

Peking University - Modern Astronomy (2010-2016)

Awards and honours

2013 Second Prize, Peking University 13th Young Teachers Contest

2012 Second Prize, Peking University 12th Young Teachers Contest

2012 Third Prize, Beijing Astronomical Society 11th Excellent Research Paper Award for Young Scientists

2012 Third Prize, Beijing Municipality University Young Teachers Contest

2012 Outstanding Young Scientist Award, Beijing Astronomical Society

2009 Gruber Fellowship Prize, International Astronomical Union

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D. , Astronomical Institute Anton Pannekoek, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, - 2006

M.Sc , Leiden Observatory, University of Leiden, Leiden - 2002


  • QB Astronomy
  • Q Science (General)
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine

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