went to school in Plymouth, way back then, then Cambridge Uni for 7 years, then life …
University of Cambridge (Mineral Physics) and University of Manchester (Lecturer in Geochemical Spectroscopy)
Professor of Mineral Physics
University of Cambridge
Seeing a new result that is completely unexpected, then suddenly realising what it means (this doesn’t happen that often!)
Me and my work
a journey to the centre of the Earth, and back again … and maybe one day to Mars!
My Typical Day
http://youtu.be/uN90xB7DswE – 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.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
one lucky man
Who is your favourite singer or band?
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.