Bill Chaplin obtained his PhD from the University of Birmingham in 1993, on developing techniques to detect oscillations in solar-type stars (asteroseismology). Over the next 12 years he concentrated on the study of oscillations of the Sun (helioseismology), which included a stint as a European Space Agency (ESA) Research Fellow in the Netherlands. In 1999 he became a member of the permanent academic staff in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham and from 2005 shifted the emphasis of his research back to the study of stars.
He currently leads the asteroseismic study of solar-type stars for the NASA Kepler Mission, and is a member of the steering committee of the Kepler Asteroseismic Science Consortium (KASC). He also leads the asteroFLAG data analysis collaboration.
Chaplin, W. J., et al. (over 50 authors) (2011), Ensemble asteroseismology of solar-type stars with the NASA Kepler Mission, Science, 332, 213
Chaplin, W. J., et al. (over 50 authors) (2011), Evidence for the impact of stellar activity on the detectability of solar-like oscillations observed by Kepler, Astrophysical Journal, 732, L5
Chaplin, W. J., et al. (over 50 authors) (2011), Predicting the detectability of oscillations in solar-type stars observed by Kepler, Astrophysical Journal, 732, 54
Chaplin, W. J., et al. (over 100 authors) (2010), The asteroseismic potential of Kepler: first results for solar-type stars, Astrophysical Journal, 713, L169