Guildford Astronomical Society

Prof. Jim Al Khalili

Prof Jim Al KhaliliProf Jim Al Khalili

Jim Al Khalili graduated with a BSc in Physics from Surrey University and then continued on to obtain a PhD in nuclear reaction theory from Surrey in 1989. After that he carried out two years postdoctoral research at UCL returning to Surrey in 1991 as a research assistant then lecturer in 1992. In 1994, he was awarded a five-year EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship during which he became a recognised expert in the mathematical modelling of 'exotic' nuclei. After this he returned to full time lecturing at Surrey.

In 2000, he was elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics and was promoted to Senior Lecturer at Surrey in 2001. In 2003, he was elected onto the Council of the BA (British Association for the Advancement of Science). Through his teaching and research, science engagement activities and popularising science he was promoted in October 2006 to a newly created chair in the Public Engagement in Science.

He is the author of several popular science books, including e.g. "Black Holes, Wormholes and Time Machines" (Institute of Physics Publishing, 1999) and "Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed" (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2003), and appears regularly on radio and television. In 2007, he was awarded the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize for Science Communication and he was appointed to the OBE in the 2008 Birthday Honours.

For more information on his work, visit his official website here or his Wikipedia entry here.

DateTalk at GAS meeting
1 Dec 2011Everything and Nothing
4 Sep 2014The Lost Legacy of Medieval Astronomy: filling the gap between Ptolemy and Copernicus.