Like most children I had numerous aspirations, including a desire to fly 747s, be an actual horse (who knows), an astronomer and a meteorologist . The last two particularly stuck and lead me to study Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Manchester.

The third year offered the opportunity to study and experiment at Jodrell Bank, famed for having the third largest Radio Telescope in the world! The project used a 7m Radio Telescope to accurately map and weigh our galaxy, the Milky Way. More Jodrell Bank information.

My dissertation was on Gravitational Waves and how we (try to!) measure them. These are the theoretical ripples in the curvature of Spacetime predicted by Albert Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. My paper explored the extraordinary efforts being made to detect and measure these elusive ripples by teams of scientists around the world. If you’d like to find out more, check out this video:

Further reading:
Gravitational Wave article on Einstein Online and Gravitational wave article on Wikipedia.

Here are some great sources of topical stories and developments in the scientific world:

Wait but Why?
Science Daily
BBC Science
Eureka Alert

Finally, for a real orgy of procrastination with educational benefits, check out Sporcle:
It comes in useful sometimes…

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