Philip Judge began his higher education as an
undergraduate of Magdalen College of Oxford University in 1978. He
was awarded a B.A. in physics in 1981 and, in 1985, a
D. Phil. degree for his
investigation of the outer atmospheres of late-type giant
stars. His thesis research was supervised by Carole Jordan at
Oxford's department of Theoretical Physics, and it
focused on the interpretation of stellar ultraviolet spectra
with the International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) satellite.
After receiving his doctorate, Phil remained with the Department of Theoretical Physics for three additional years as a Research Assistant, pursuing questions related to his thesis work. In 1988 he accepted an appointment at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics of the University of Colorado at Boulder as a Research Associate, working with Jeff Linsky.
In 1991, Phil accepted a Visiting Scientist appointment with HAO to continue his studies of solar and stellar atmospheres with Grant Athay, Tom Holzer and Keith MacGregor. In the Fall of the same year, he was appointed to a Scientist I position within HAO. In 1995-1996 he spent a collaborative leave at the Instutute for Theoretical Astrophysics in Oslo, Norway, hosted by Prof. Mats Carlsson. In 1999-2000 he was hosted at the Department of Applied Mathematics at Monash University, Victoria, Australia by Prof. Paul Cally.
He was made a Senior Scientist at NCAR in 2004, and is currently working on understanding the basic physics of the Sun's atmosphere.
In 2009, he was appointed as the NCAR Science Advisor, a half-time 1 year term appointment reporting to the NCAR Director and the NCAR Scientist's Assembly, and serving on the NCAR Executive Committee.
As of 2010 he is working on a short graduate level textbook entitled "Heating the Sun's Corona".