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Jim Al-Khalili

Theoretical Physicist / Author / Broadcaster
Jim Al-Khalili OBE FRS is an academic physicist, author and broadcaster. Since 2005, he has held a joint professorship in physics and in the public engagement in science at the University of Surrey, where he also holds the title of Surrey Distinguished Chair. Despite his many public commitments, he continues to teach undergraduates and conduct his research in quantum physics. He received his PhD in nuclear reaction theory in 1989 and has published over 100 papers in the field.

Jim is a prominent author and broadcaster. He has written 12 books, between them translated into over twenty languages, mostly on popular science and the history of science, such as Pathfinders: the golden age of Arabic science, which was shortlisted for the Warwick Book Prize in 2013, and Life on the Edge: the coming of age of quantum biology, shortlisted for the 2015 Royal Society Winton Prize. He has just published his first novel, Sunfall. He is also a regular presenter of TV science documentaries, including the BAFTA nominated Chemistry: A Volatile History and Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity. Most recently. He presented the BBC documentary, The Joy of AI, on artificial intelligence. For the past eight years he has presented the award-winning weekly BBC Radio 4 programme, The Life Scientific.

Jim is the current president of the British Science Association. He is a board member of CaSE (The Campaign for Science and Engineering), a trustee of the Institute of Physics and on the judging panel of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. He is a recipient of the Royal Society Michael Faraday 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’ and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 2018.

Jim is married with two, now adult, children and lives in Hampshire.