Behind the scenes with science made simple patron Jim Al-Khalili

Prof. JIm Al-Khalili, science made simple patron

Prof. Jim Al-Khalili, science made simple patron

Here at science made simple we benefit from a fantastic patron in Jim Al-Khalili and we thought that it was high time we shared a bit more about him with you. In fact, we’ve recently filmed an interview with him; tune into our Facebook page here to catch it!

Prof. Al-Khalili is a familiar face and voice to many, as presenter of popular science television programmes including, ‘Everything and Nothing’ and ‘Science and Islam’ and the BBC Radio 4 series ‘The Life Scientific’. Jim also holds a chair in Public Engagement in Science, whilst still finding time to undertake research and teaching at the University of Surrey, where he is a Professor of Physics.

When we caught up with Jim, he said he was also in the middle of writing a book on quantum biology; a subject not much talked about, if you ask us. We’ve found Jim to be a fascinating person and a fascinated scientist; keen to learn about what’s going on, not just in his area of theoretical physics, but in all other aspects of science, from psychology to biology.

In fact, Jim says that when he was a physics student, he learnt that getting the wrong answer wasn’t a bad thing, and here opened up the excitement of science for him. As a researcher, he took on public engagement through magazine articles, and quickly established himself as a ‘friendly face’ who journalists could talk to. From this, Jim has become more involved in science communication, and in the process, met and worked with our company director Wendy Sadler.

Wendy Sadler, Director of science made simple said:

“It’s brilliant to have Jim on board as Patron, and we’re very proud that he has chosen to support the work that we do bringing science directly to the public in schools, festivals and abroad.”


Jim Al-Khalili in front of our cameras

Jim Al-Khalili in front of our cameras

Jim is a perfect match for science made simple, his work links in with our mission to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, to engage the wider public with STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths) as part of popular culture, and to strengthen connections between researchers and the public.



On becoming science made simple’s patron Jim said:

“I feel honoured and excited to have been invited as the new patron of science made simple, following on from Adam Hart-Davies. The team of science communicators who travel the country enthusing people of all ages with the wonders and excitement of science with their shows and inspiring performances are doing a fantastic job and its great to be involved with the enterprise.”


Rosie and Jim having a chat

Rosie and Jim having a chat

As you can see, Rosie, one of our science communicators, was very entertained by what Prof. Al-Khalili had to say when she interviewed him. You can find out why in the interview.



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