Born and raised in EpsomFamous for the Epsom Derby horse race and for Epsom salts., on the outskirts of London, Matthew Kenworthy gained an MAYes, it's an MA and not an MSc. Because, Oxford. in Physics at the University of Oxford at Christ Church and received his PhD in Astronomical Instrumentation from the University of Cambridge in 1999 under the supervision of Ian Parry. He moved to the Center for Astronomical Adaptive Optics at Steward Observatory in Tucson, Arizona, for two years before moving to the University of Cincinnati for a postdoc position with Margaret Hanson. The lure of instrumentation proved to be too strong, however, and he moved back to Steward Observatory to become Instrument Scientist for the world's first deformable secondary mirror adaptive optic system from 2003 to 2007.
In 2007 he became an Assistant Astronomer at Steward Observatory, involved in thermal imaging and searches for extrasolar planets. He uses a combination of coronagraphic optics, point spread function modelling and other various techniques in a quest to look closer in to the bright halos of star images to search for signs of companion planets.
In 2010 he moved over to the Netherlands to become an Assistant Professor at Leiden Observatory, becoming Associate Professor in 2015.
His latest research direction is in astronomical objects that transit their parent stars that are not exoplanets - exorings towards the young star J1407 and more recently, exocomets around the star Beta Pictoris.