Martin Rees is a cosmologist, astrophysicist, and has served as the Astronomer Royal since 1995. Formerly Master of Trinity College and President of the Royal Society of London, Rees is the author of over 500 research papers and was one of the first scientists to propose that black holes could power quasars. His research also led to the disproof of steady-state theory. Aside from his scientific interests, Rees has written extensively about the conflicts between science, ethics, and politics. He has also been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including the Templeton Prize, the Crafoord Prize, the Heineman Prize, the Isaac Newton Medal, and many others. He was elevated to the House of Lords in 2005. Asteroid 4587 Rees was named in his honor.