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Radmila Topalović

Radmila Topalovic is an urban astronomer and physics teacher based in South-East London, formerly of the Royal Observatory.

Rad heads up Maths at Morley College in North Kensington where she also teaches astronomy and she teaches a variety of physics and astrophysics course at City Lit, Covent Garden. She is Astronomer Emeritus of the Royal Observatory Greenwich having spent more than seven years there developing and delivering world-class education programmes. She holds a degree in Physics with Astrophysics and a PhD in Astrochemistry, she recently gained a Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice  (in higher education). Her biggest passions are quantum physics and astrobiology.


In 2016, she co-authored the popular Collins Astronomy book Stargazing with fellow astronomer Tom Kerss. She is currently working on a range of guides to the night sky for 2025 in collaboration with the Royal Observatory Greenwich and published by Collins, due Summer 2024.


Rad has spoken at a wide variety of events and festivals, including Wilderness, Café Scientifique, Secret Garden Party, Secret Cinema and others. Rad is also a media expert having appeared on BBC Horizon, CNN Inspirations, the Guardian’s Starwatch Column and many more programmes and articles.

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