Professor Jim Al-Khalili CBE FRS

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Jim Al-Khalili CBE FRS is a distinguished professor of physics at the University of Surrey and one of Britain’s best-known science communicators. He received his PhD in nuclear physics in 1989 and has published widely in the field, but has since moved sideways to focus his research on issues relating to the foundations of quantum mechanics, quantum thermodynamics and quantum effects in biology. He currently leads a large interdisciplinary research collaboration funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation (project title: “Life on the Edge: quantum thermodynamics, quantum biology and the arrow of time”).

Jim is also a prominent author and broadcaster and has written 15 books on popular science and the history of science, between them translated into twenty-six languages. He is a regular presenter on TV and hosts the long-running weekly BBC Radio4 programme, The Life Scientific. As well as the QE Prize judging panel, Jim sits on a number of boards and committees. Among these he is a trustee and commissioner for the 1851 Royal Commission and sits on several Royal Society committees. He is a past president of both the British Science Association and Humanists UK and a recipient of the Royal Society Michael Faraday medal and Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medals, the Institute of Physics Kelvin medal and the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication.

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