I obtained my doctorate (in experimental physics) from the University of Sussex, where I was subsequently a Visiting Fellow in Physics and Astronomy for 9 years. I have worked as a science writer and broadcaster for the last 17 years. During this time I have devised and presented science programmes on BBC Radio 4, presented two mini-series and features for the BBC World Service, presented video podcasts for medical research charity the Myrovlytis Trust, and competed in a 'Boffins Special' of The Weakest Link. My articles have appeared in New Scientist, Science, Science Careers, The Times Higher Education Supplement, Flipside, E&T, Focus, Physics World, Interactions, Materials World, Modern Astronomer, and Astronomy Now. I have also written careers material, case studies, and press releases for the Institute of Physics, and careers material and brochures for the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. My first book The Way Science Works (co-authored with Robin Kerrod) was shortlisted for the Royal Society Junior Books Prize. I was also shortlisted for the broadcasting category of the Association of British Science Writers' Awards in 2005. I was delighted to be awarded the Institute of Physics Young Professional Physicist of the Year for 2006, and while I was a postgraduate student I won a Merit Award in the Daily Telegraph Young Science Writer of the Year competition.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
My doctorate was in thermoluminescence.