Professor Blundell is a world expert in the high-energy astrophysics of quasars and microquasars. She runs the Global Jet Watch project, which links astronomers at Oxford University with schoolchildren around the world in order to carry out cutting-edge research.
Commenting on the news, Katherine said:
‘I'm delighted to receive this honour. It is a pleasure to thank the University of Oxford for their support throughout my career and all the other wonderful supporters of the Global Jet Watch project. This project enables unique science by providing round-the-clock astrophysical measurements of jets from black holes in our galaxy with a network of telescopes deployed around the globe. In the process, it engages young people in developing countries in science.’