The Perse School

Astronomical Success for Star Perse Pupil

6 Jan 2017

Thomas Read (Upper Sixth) has been crowned the UK’s winner at the International Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Competing against astronomy students from 41 countries across the world, Thomas came 10th overall in a competition featuring 221 participants and walked away with a gold medal.

The competition took place in the ancient city of Bhubaneswar, India, where Thomas spent 10 days taking part in a variety of assessments, testing his theoretical knowledge of topics like gravitational waves, as well as his practical ability to observe the moon and find certain objects in the sky.

Thomas said: “I enjoy learning about how you predict where stars will be appearing in the sky and where planets will be in the future. I hoped that I could do reasonably well but I didn’t think I would get a gold medal and gain the highest place of any student from the UK.”

Listen to hear Thomas Read talking more about his achievements..


A full merit list of the event is available here:



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