Gregory, Scott


  • Lecturer (Teaching and Research), Physics
  • School of Science and Engineering Fulton Building University of Dundee Dundee DD1 4HN

    United Kingdom

  • 1825 Citations
  • 27 h-Index
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Personal profile


I obtained my PhD in 2007 from the University of St Andrews, where I remained as a postdoctoral researcher until 2009, working with Prof. Moira Jardine.  

In 2009 I moved to the University of Exeter after being awarded an STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council) Postdoctoral Fellowship.

From 2010 to 2012 I was a posdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) working with Prof. Lynne Hillenbrand.

I returned to the University of St Andrews in 2012, where I was part of the inaugural cohort who were awarded an STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship.

In 2019 I moved to the University of Dundee to help build their Astrophysics research group and degree programmes.  My role, as Lecturer in Astrophysics, is a joint appointment between the Divisions of Mathematics and Physics. 

Research interests

My research exploits the latest stellar magnetism data, and multi-wavelength observations of young star clusters, to construct theoretical models designed to tackle the big questions: How did the Sun, a star that influences life on Earth, form and evolve? How do stars and planetary systems develop?

I tackle these questions by examining the evolution of low-mass stars during the final stage of their formation, as they emerge from their natal dust clouds and complete their gravitational contraction. These pre-main sequence stars reveal the history of the Sun during the epoch of planet formation.

To date, my work has focused on the evolution of stellar magnetism; how young stars magnetically interact with circumstellar disks; the derivation of fundamental parameters for members of young clusters; the evolution of pre-main sequence stars; and X-ray emission from stellar coronae.


I currently teach the level 4 module MA41006: Mathematics of Fluids and Plasmas I: Fluid Dynamics and the level 3 module PH32005/PH32010: Computational Physics / Computational Astrophysics.   


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of St Andrews

1 Oct 200319 Jun 2007

Master in Science, University of Glasgow

1 Oct 199915 Jul 2003

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Research Output 2002 2019

  • 1825 Citations
  • 27 h-Index
  • 45 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Review article
96 Citations (Scopus)

Can We Predict the Global Magnetic Topology of a Pre-main-sequence Star from Its Position in the Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram?

Gregory, S. G., Donati, J. -F., Morin, J., Hussain, G. A. J., Mayne, N. J., Hillenbrand, L. A. & Jardine, M., Aug 2012, In : Astrophysical Journal. 755, 2, 20 p., 97.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Hertzsprung-Russell diagram
pre-main sequence stars
magnetic field
138 Citations (Scopus)

Stellar magnetism: empirical trends with age and rotation

Vidotto, A. A., Gregory, S. G., Jardine, M., Donati, J. F., Petit, P., Morin, J., Folsom, C. P., Bouvier, J., Cameron, A. C., Hussain, G. A. J., Marsden, S., Waite, I. A., Fares, R., Jeffers, S. & do Nascimento, J. D., Jul 2014, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 441, 3, p. 2361–2374 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
dating method
magnetic field
6 Citations (Scopus)

The influence of radiative core growth on coronal X-ray emission from pre-main-sequence stars

Gregory, S. G., Adams, F. C. & Davies, C. L., Apr 2016, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 457, 4, p. 3836-3858 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

pre-main sequence stars
x rays
stellar structure
Orion nebula
133 Citations (Scopus)

Magnetic fields and accretion flows on the classical T Tauri star V2129 Oph

Donati, J. -F., Jardine, M. M., Gregory, S. G., Petit, P., Bouvier, J., Dougados, C., Ménard, F., Collier Cameron, A., Harries, T. J., Jeffers, S. V. & Paletou, F., 6 Sep 2007, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 380, 4, p. 1297-1312 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
T Tauri stars
magnetic field
magnetic fields
24 Citations (Scopus)

The magnetic fields of forming solar-like stars

Gregory, S. G., Jardine, M., Gray, C. G. & Donati, J. -F., 18 Nov 2010, In : Reports on Progress in Physics. 73, 12, 55 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
magnetic fields
molecular physics


STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship

Scott Gregory (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

STFC Postdoctoral Fellowship

Scott Gregory (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Activities 2019 2020

  • 1 Festival/Exhibition
  • 1 Public engagement and outreach - festival/exhibition

Girls in Physics at the University of Glasgow, 2020

Scott Gregory (Organiser)
9 Jan 2020

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - festival/exhibition

Girls in Physics at Grove Academy, 2019

Aurora Sicilia Aguilar (Organiser), Scott Gregory (Participant)
21 Nov 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesFestival/Exhibition