Simon Redfern

Favourite Thing: Seeing a new result that is completely unexpected, then suddenly realising what it means (this doesn’t happen that often!)



went to school in Plymouth, way back then, then Cambridge Uni for 7 years, then life …



Work History:

University of Cambridge (Mineral Physics) and University of Manchester (Lecturer in Geochemical Spectroscopy)

Current Job:

Professor of Mineral Physics


University of Cambridge

Me and my work

a journey to the centre of the Earth, and back again … and maybe one day to Mars!

My Typical Day – that’ll do :-)

What I'd do with the money

money? money? this is the first I have heard of any money! Well, that would be nice – I’d use it to lay on a short course on Science Communication for the Earth Science grad students here at my Uni. – they seem to want to learn more on this.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

one lucky man

Who is your favourite singer or band?

David Bowie

What's your favourite food?

Ma Po Tofu

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Travelling the world to do science! One day I’ll get a proper job, maybe.

What did you want to be after you left school?

I thought I would become an engineer, but soon discovered that wasn’t what I really wanted.

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

yes, but enough of that …

What was your favourite subject at school?

Maths – really, I liked the idea of not having to write essays. Now I enjoy writing a lot more!

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Best? I’m not the person to ask. But I’ve best enjoyed working with young scientists and seeing them develop.

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

My teachers at Uni. I can remember coming to the end of my degree and thinking “that can’t be it – there must be more to learn and discover”. And of course, there is!

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

a bee keeper

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

world peace, harmony, and ripped abs.

Tell us a joke.

why did the fly fly? Because the spider spied her.

Other stuff

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