Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), theoretical nuclear physicist, author of several popular science books, TV presenter and radio broadcaster. You will have guessed by now: I’m talking about Jim Al-Khalili. Jim visited the School of Physics and Astronomy on Thursday to deliver his public lecture On the Shoulders of Eastern Giants: The Forgotten Legacy of Medieval Physicists. And if you missed the event you can see a recording of it on the School’s website some time soon.
In his latest radio show, The Life Scientific, on air every Tuesday morning on BBC Radio 4, Jim talks to leading scientists about their life and work, finding out what inspires and motivates them. On Thursday, I eventually got the opportunity to ask him what I had always wanted to ask since I first met him several years ago.
This is my interview to Jim about his own career, the career choices he made, and the opportunities that took him from being a well-known theoretical nuclear physicist to becoming a successful broadcaster and popular writer. I hope you will enjoy it!
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