Professor Craig Mackay

Professor of Image Science at Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge

Professor of Image Science, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge

Professor Craig Mackay is the Professor of Image Science in the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge. His research interests focus on the development of ultra-low light imaging detector systems for a wide range of applications including astronomy. He continues to be involved at the very leading edge of innovative astronomical instrument development. He was a member of the team who designed and built the Faint Object Camera for the Hubble Space Telescope and he has published over 190 research papers.

Professor Mackay leads a research team working on a new technique that allows Hubble quality imaging from the ground called Lucky Imaging.

In 1985 he set up a company (AstroCam Ltd) to apply ultra-low light imaging technology to a variety of other applications including DNA sequencing, protein electrophoresis, electron microscopy, x-ray imaging and many other fields. He holds a number of patents in fields including electrophoresis and x-ray imaging. The company merged with two others and was ultimately sold to PerkinElmer Life Sciences.

  • 11 June 2020, 9:30am

    CSaP Annual Conference Seminar Series 2020

    This year instead of holding a one-day annual conference in London, we will be delivering a series of virtual seminars in May and June on topics that CSaP and our network have worked on over the past year

  • 11 February 2020, 5:30pm

    CSaP Annual Lecture: Professor Dame Sally Davies

    The 2020 CSaP Annual Lecture will be delivered by Professor Dame Sally Davies, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge and former Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Medical Advisor to the UK Government.