Paul Crowther is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Sheffield.
He has co-authored a monograph devoted to hot luminous stars and starburst galaxies, and co-authored more than 130 journal papers, including the identification of the most massive stars currently known in the nearby universe.
He completed a PhD in astrophysics from University College London in 1993, held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship over 1998–2006, and has received telescope awards with Hubble, Spitzer, Herschel, ESO and Gemini as principal investigator.
He is active in outreach activities, including as a contributor to the YouTube channel Deep Sky Videos. He is currently director of learning and teaching and interim head of department for the University of Sheffield's Department of Physics and Astronomy.