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
Favourite thing to do in my job: Seeing a new result that is completely unexpected, then suddenly realising what it means (this doesn’t happen that often!)
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 prize 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
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
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 follow your career?
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!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
yes, but enough of that …
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
a bee keeper
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.
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.