University of Oxford, Imperial College London
PhD, Masters in Earth Sciences, BSc
University of Bristol
University of Bristol
My connections to STFC science and technology:
My PhD was funded by an STFC scholarship
Favourite thing to do in my job: Play with rocks from space!
Sports-mad Sheldon Cooper wannabe
Outside of science, I’m a huge sports fan and love playing football and cricket (I still haven’t given up on my dream of becoming a professional….until then, the space rocks will have to do 😛 ). I also enjoy watching & playing tennis, badminton, rugby and F1.
Although I’m very active, I also enjoy being very lazy – binge watching shows is certainly a hobby of mine. I’m certainly a world-leading expert on the life of Peter Griffin!!
I use rocks from space (meteorites) to try and discover how the solar system began 4.5 billion years ago
Meteorites come from asteroids that are the oldest planet-type bodies in the solar system. I try to find out what they’re made of, so that we can learn what the solar system was like when it was very young.
I spend about 75% of my work time in the lab playing with the space rocks. My lab work generally involves a lot of chemistry, which unfortunately means I also need to endlessly clean beakers!
The rest of my time is spent in front of my computer analysing and interpreting my meteorite measurements. And just occasionally, I get to have the Eureka! moment.
My Typical Day
Coffee. Lab. Lunch. Coffee. Lab. Pub.
What I'd do with the prize money
Fund a UK lecture tour around the most disadvantaged areas to encourage the next generation of scientists to get involved
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Sheldon Cooper Wannabe
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Used Moon rock brought back by Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin
What was your favourite subject at school?
Physical geography and physics
What did you want to be after you left school?
The next David Beckham.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Of course not ;-)
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Professional footballer or cricketer
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Pizza, pizza and......pizza.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1) Be the first human on Mars. 2) Be the 13th human on the Moon. 3) Get Aston Villa FC promoted back to the Premier League.
Tell us a joke.
Did you know Spock actually had three ears - a left ear, a right ear, and a final front ear!