Roger P. Angel received his BA from Oxford University in 1963. He then moved to the United States to pursue his master’s degree, which he earned in 1966 from the California Institute of Technology. The following year, he received his PhD from Oxford University, UK. He serves as Regents’ Professor of Astronomy and Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, where he founded Steward Observatory Mirror Lab. The Mirror Lab at the University of Arizona has made the optics for several telescopes, including the two largest mirrors ever (8.4 m diameter) for the Large Binocular Telescope on Mt. Graham, Arizona and is now making 8.4 m mirrors for the Giant Magellan Telescope and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. Angel has also developed concepts for imaging and searching for primitive life on Earth-like planets orbiting nearby stars. He has explored ways to cool the Earth with a space sunshade, and is now working on concentrating photovoltaic systems for solar energy. Angel is founder and CTO of REhnu, Inc.
He is a MacArthur Felloq, Kavli Laureate, member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He was the 2007 recipient of the Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize.