Professor of Theoretical Physics and Chair in the Public Engagement in Science at the University of Surrey. He is a Trustee and Vice-President of the British Science Association and currently holds an EPSRC Senior Media Fellowship. His research at Surrey, since 1994, has established him as a leading expert on mathematical models of exotic atomic nuclei. He has been a Fellow of the Institute of Physics since 2000 when he also received the Institute’s Public Awareness of Physics Award. His television shows include The Riddle of Einstein’s Brain (Channel 4), Atom (BBC4), The Big Bang (BBC Horizon), Science and Islam (BBC4), The Secret Life of Chaos (BBC4), and most recently Everything and Nothing (BBC4).