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Jim Al-Khalili

Jim Al-Khalili

Professor Jim Al-Khalili CBE HonFREng FRS


Elected: 2018





Jim Al-Khalili is a theoretical physicist at the University of Surrey where he holds a Distinguished Chair in physics as well as a university chair in the public engagement in science. He received his PhD in nuclear reaction theory in 1989 and has published widely in the field. His current interest is in open quantum systems and the application of quantum mechanics in biology. In 2018, he helped establish at Surrey the world’s first doctoral training centre in quantum biology and, in 2020, set up a new Quantum Foundations Centre.

Jim is a prominent author and broadcaster. He has written 14 books on popular science and the history of science, between them translated into twenty-six languages. His latest book, The World According to Physics, was shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize. He is a regular presenter of TV science documentaries, such as the Bafta nominated Chemistry: a volatile history, and he hosts the long-running weekly BBC Radio 4 programme, The Life Scientific.

Jim is a past president of the British Science Association and a recipient of the Royal Society Michael Faraday medal and the Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal, the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal and the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication. He received an OBE in 2007 for 'services to science'.

Professional positions

, Department Of Physics, University of Surrey

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Other
    • History of science, Science policy
  • Mathematics
    • Applied mathematics and theoretical physics
  • Astronomy and physics
    • Quantum theory


Foundations of quantum mechanics, History of Science, Nuclear reaction theory, Public Engagement, Quantum few body problems, Scattering theory, Science Policy


  • Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture

    No citation available for this award.

  • Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal and Lecture

    He is a sought-after broadcaster on scientific topics in all media. He is renowned for explaining complex ideas in modern physics in an approachable way, always with a strong sense of historical context. His contributions to televised histories of electri

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