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Judging panel 2023

Photo of Science Book Prize judge, Alain Goriely

Professor Alain Goriely FRS (Chair)

Alain Goriely is a mathematician and is well known for his contributions to fundamental and applied mechanics, and, in particular, for the development of a mathematical theory of biological growth. He is the University of Oxford Statutory Professor of Mathematical Modelling, fellow of St Catherine’s College and the Director of the Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. In addition, he enjoys scientific outreach based on problems connected to his research, and he is the author of A Very Short Introduction to Applied Mathematics. His work has been recognized by a Sloan Fellowship, a Royal Society Wolfson Research Award, the Cozzarelli Prize from the US National Academy of Sciences, as well as multiple visiting professorships at Stanford, Berkeley, Cambridge, Paris, and Lausanne. 

Photo of Science Book Prize judge, Anita Singh

Anita Singh

Anita Singh is the Arts and Entertainment Editor of The Daily Telegraph covering books, art, music, television and film. She lives in London with her husband and two children. In Autumn 2017, her first book The Story of the Great British Bake Off (Head of Zeus) was published, celebrating the hit show.




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Bonnie Garmus

Bonnie Garmus is an author, copywriter and creative director who has worked for a wide range of clients, focusing primarily on technology, medicine, and education. Her bestselling debut novel, Lessons in Chemistry, has a TV adaptation launching in autumn 2023. She is an open-water swimmer, a rower, and mother to two daughters. Most recently from Seattle, she lives in London with her husband and her dog, 99. 





Photo of Science Book Prize judge, Paterson Joseph

Paterson Joseph

Paterson Joseph was born and raised in London and trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). He’s worked extensively on screen, television and in the theatre. Paterson recently wrapped on Boat Story for the BBC and will next appear in Wonka alongside Timothée Chalemet, directed by Paul King. Paterson's previous on screen credits include: Anansi Boys, That Dirty Black Bag, Vigil, The Mosquito Coast, Inside No.9, Noughts And Crosses, Avenue 5, Grantchester, Peep Show, Green Wing, In The Name Of The Father and The Beach. On stage, Paterson's theatre credits include A Christmas Carol (Old Vic), Troilus and Cressida, The Last Days of Don Juan, King Lear (RSC); Elmina’s Kitchen, St Joan, Emperor Jones and The Royal Hunt of the Sun (National Theatre).


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Dr Rebecca Henry URF

Dr Rebecca Henry is a Royal Society - SFI University Research Fellow at the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University College of Cork. Her research is focused on understanding how pre-existing diet-induced obesity impacts experimental traumatic brain injury (TBI) outcomes. Dr. Henry carried out her postdoctoral training at the Shock Trauma and Anesthesiology Research Center, University of Maryland (2015-2021). Her postdoctoral research investigated the underlying mechanisms driving chronic neuroinflammatory processes in preclinical TBI models. She received the prestigious Training, Education and Mentoring Award at the 37th Annual Meeting of the National Neurotrauma Society (NNS) and the NNS ‘Rising Star’ Award at the 38th Annual Meeting of the NNS.

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