Professor Simon Goodwin

Photo of Simon Goodwin 2016Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics

Contact details

Group web pages

Astronomy and Astrophysics Group

Theoretical Physics Research Group

Personal web page

Research interests

My research centres on star formation. In particular, how stars move and interact in their first few million years (and the potential impact on planet formation), and how we can compare observations to theory/simulations. At Sheffield I work with Claire Esau (Postdoc) and Dan Griffiths, Rebecca Arnold, and Suraiya Atker (PhD students).


I teach several astronomy courses: 'Our Evolving Universe' (PHY111), 'Extrasolar Planets and Astrobiology' (PHY229), and 'Star formation and Evolution (PHY404 with Paul Crowther). I also supervise 3rd and 4th year projects, run first year induction, am a personal tutor and PhD mentor.

Departmental administration
  • Outreach Coordinator
  • UG advisor and PG mentor
Recent Publications
  • 'Mass segregation in star clusters is not energy equipartition' (Parker et al., 2016)
  • 'The difficult early stages of embedded star clusters and the importance of the pre-gas expulsion virial ratio' (Farias et al., 2015)
  • 'Evolution of prolate molecular clouds at H II boundaries - II. Formation of BRCs of asymmetrical morphology' (Kinnear et al. 2015)
  • 'Comparisons between different techniques for measuring mass segregation' (Parker & Goodwin, 2015)
  • 'The Dynamical Evolution of Low-mass Hydrogen-burning Stars, Brown Dwarfs, and Planetary-mass Objects Formed through Disk Fragmentation' (Li et al. 2015)
  • 'The M-dwarfs in Multiples (MINMS) survey - I. Stellar multiplicity among low-mass stars within 15 pc' (Ward-Duong et al. 2015) <>