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Jameel Sadik “Jim” Al-Khalili OBE FRS FInstP is a well-known British physicist and author of Iraqi descent. Al-Khalili, a professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Surrey, earned fame for writing a popular science book named “Blackholes, Wormholes and Time Machines”. He frequently appears on several television shows to explain scientific ideas.
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EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
- Al-Khalili was born in Baghdad on September 20, 1962.
- His father was an Iraqi Air Force engineer and his English mother was a librarian.
- Al-Khalili lived permanently in the United Kingdom from 1979.
- Al-Khalili studied physics at the University of Surrey and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1986 after he completed (and retook) his A-levels over three years until 1982.
- He sojourned at Surrey to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy degree in nuclear physics theory, which he obtained in 1989.
- He chose this rather than accepting a job offer from the National Physical Laboratory.
CAREER AND RESEARCH
- After returning to Surrey in 1991, first as a research assistant, then as a lecturer, Al-Khalili was awarded a Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) postdoctoral fellowship at University College London in 1989.
- Al-Khalili was awarded an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Advanced Research Fellowship for five years in 1994, and established himself as a leading expert on mathematical models of exotic atomic nuclei.
- He has published broadly in his field.
- Al-Khalili is a professor at the University of Surrey and taught physics.
- He also holds a chair in the Public Engagement in Science at the university.
- He was a trustee from 2006 to 2012 and vice president from 2008 to 2011 of the British Science Association.
- He additionally held an EPSRC Senior Media Fellowship.
- In 2007, Al-Khalili was awarded the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize for science communication.
- He was also elected an Honorary Fellow of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.
- Al-Khalili was also a member of the Royal Society Equality and Diversity Panel.
- In 2008, he was designated to be the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
- Being a broadcaster, Al-Khalili is usually seen on television and radio as well as writing articles for the British press.
- He co-presented the Channel 4 documentary The Riddle of Einstein’s Brain which was produced by Icon Films In 2004.
- His big break as a presenter came in 2007 with Atom. Atom, a three-part series on BBC Four, talks about the history of our understanding of the atom and atomic physics.
- This was followed by an exceptional archive edition of Horizon, “The Big Bang”.
- In 2004, Al-Khalili was selected as one of twenty-one “Faces of UK Science” for an exhibition in London’s National Portrait Gallery.
- In early 2009, he presented a three-part series on BBC Four entitled Science and Islam regarding the leap in scientific knowledge that took place in the Islamic world between the 8th and 14th centuries.
- He has appeared on programs ranging from Tomorrow’s World, BBC Four’s Mind Games, and The South Bank Show to BBC One’s Bang Goes the Theory.
- In October 2011, he started a program on popular contemporary scientists on Radio Four, called The Life Scientific.
- Al-Khalili hosted a three-part documentary series on BBC Four entitled Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity in 2011.
- Al-Khalili presented a Horizon special on BBC 2 in January 2012. It examined the latest scientific developments in the quest to discover the Higgs Boson, with preliminary results from the Large Hadron Collider experiment at CERN suggesting that the elusive particle does indeed exist.
- Al-Khalili resides in Southsea in Portsmouth with his wife Julie Frampton.
- The couple have a son and daughter.
- Al-Khalili describes himself as an atheist and a humanist, noting, “as the son of a Protestant Christian mother and a Shia Muslim father, I have nevertheless ended up without a religious bone in my body”.
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