Dr Geraint Pratten

Dr Geraint Pratten

School of Physics and Astronomy
Royal Society University Research Fellow
Assistant Professor

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


  • PhD in Physics with Astronomy, Cardiff University, 2015
  • MPhys in Astrophysics, Cardiff University, 2010


Geraint Pratten - Waveform Systematics and Binary Black Holes - IPAM at UCLA
Gravitational Waves discovery: New mystery object found in space
LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA Webinars - Thurs, 19 November 2020 at 10:00 Eastern Time (US), at 16:00 CET

After studying astrophysics as an undergraduate, Dr Pratten obtained a PhD in Physics with Astronomy from Cardiff University in 2010, with a focus on aspects of theoretical cosmology. He held post-doctoral positions at the University of Sussex and the University of the Balearic Islands before joining the University of Birmingham as a postdoctoral research associate in 2019. In 2022, Dr Pratten was awarded a prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship and became and Assistant Professor at the University of Birmingham.


  • Y4 Physics Projects (63232)
  • Y3 Group Studies (64804)
  • Y1 Physics and Communication Skills (64803)


Research interests

  • Gravitational-wave science
  • Source modelling
  • Numerical relativity
  • Black holes and neutron stars
  • Cosmology and large-scale structure
  • Data analysis and machine learning

Other activities

  • Waveforms Working Group Co-Chair for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration
  • Member of the LISA Consortium
  • Member of the Cosmic Explorer Consortium
  • Member of the Einstein Telescope Scientific Collaboration
  • Review Panelist for the NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP)


  • G Pratten et al, Computationally Efficient Models for the Dominant and Subdominant Harmonic Modes of Precessing Binary Black Holes, Physical Review D, 103, 10, 104056 (2021)
  • G Pratten et al, Setting the cornerstone for a family of models for gravitational waves from compact binaries: The dominant harmonic for nonprecessing quasicircular black holes, Physical Review D, 102, 6, 064001, (2020)
  • G Pratten, P Schmidt, and T Hinderer, Nature Communications, 11, 1, 2553, (2020)
  • M Hannam et al, inc. G Pratten, Nature, 610, 7933, 652-655 (2022)
  • G Pratten, P Schmidt, and N Williams, Impact of Dynamical Tides on the Reconstruction of the Neutron Star Equation of State, Physical Review Letters, 129, 8, 081102, (2022)
  • G Pratten and A Lewis, Impact of Post-Born Lensing on the CMB, JCAP, 08, 047, (2016)

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