Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE


Jim Al-Khalili OBE is a professor of physics, author and broadcaster based at the University of Surrey where he currently teaches and also holds a chair in the Public Engagement in Science.

Professor Al-Khalili obtained his PhD in theoretical nuclear physics from Surrey in 1989 and spent two years as an SERC Postdoctoral Fellow at University College London before becoming a lecturer at the University of Surrey in 1991. He was appointed lecturer in 1992 and, in 1994, awarded an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship for five years, following which he reverted to a full time lecturer in the Department at Surrey. He was elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 2000 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2001. In 2003, he was elected onto the Council of the British Science association and served for three years (2008-2011) as its executive vice president.

He is active as a science communicator and has written a number of popular science and history of science books, between them translated into over twenty languages. He is a regular presenter of TV science documentaries, including the Bafta nominated 'Chemistry: A Volatile History' and 'Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity and Order and Disorder', both for BBC4. He also presents the weekly BBC Radio 4 programme, 'The Life Scientific'. He provides expert advice for bodies such as the Royal Society, the British Council and the Department for Education, and served as vice president of the British Science Association. He is a recipient of the Royal Society Michael Faraday medal and the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal.

Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE is a member of the Vision for science and mathematics education 5-19 project committee.

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