Malcolm Fridlund


I received my Ph.D. from University of Stockholm in 1987, on a fridlund2thesis on Far-IR and mm radio observations of young stellar objects. I was hired almost immediately by ESA at ESTEC and stayed there for 25 years, first one year as post-doc (research fellow) and then as  staff scientist. During this time,  I worked on satellites and instruments for asteroseismology and science from the moon (interferometry, solar observations, high energy astrophysics and very low frequency radio astronomy). In 1994, I got involved in exoplanets and transiting observations from space. Subsequently, I worked for seven years as study and project scientist on the nulling interferometers Darwin (space) and Genie (ground at VLTI). None of these projects were actually constructed. From 2006-2013, I became  ESA’s project scientist for the CoRoT exoplanetary/asteroseismology mission, as well as study scientist for its successor PLATO (2007-2013). This mission was selected as ESA’s M3 mission in February 2014).

After retiring form ESA in June 2013, I have spent one year as guest professor at DLR in Berlin, supporting the PLATO group (leading the mission) and carried out my own research.
In 2015, I will spend a year as a guest professor at Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg.

Research interests

My research interests span from star and planet formation, to the actual measurement of physical parameters of exoplanets. I have published over 145 refereed papers.

I am currently part of the Swedish PLATO team and work also together with the German PLATO team on the preparation of the instrument.




MSc Specialisation at Leiden University, the Netherlands