Curriculum Vitae


Address :†††††††† Cavendish Laboratory,

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Present Employment :

1998-†††††††††††††† Professor of Experimental Physics, Department of Physics

2014-†††††††††††††† Master of Churchill College


Previous employment:

1977 - 81†††††††† PDRA Cornell University (Department of Materials Science and Engineering),

1981 - 3†††††††††† SERC Fellowship held at the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science, University of Cambridge.

1983 - 5†††††††††† Royal Society 1983 Research Fellowship held at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge.

1985 - 95†††††††† Lecturer in the Department of Physics, University of Cambridge.

1995- 8††††††††††† Reader in Experimental Physics, University of Cambridge

2003- 10†† †††††† Deputy Head (with responsibility for Finance and Resources from 2005-10)

1981- 2014††††† Fellow of Robinson College



Education :

1971 - 4†††††††††† Cambridge University, B.A.

1974 - 7†††††††††† Cambridge University, Ph.D.††


Prizes and Honours

1989††† Charles Vernon Boys Prize of the Institute of Physics.

1989††† Samuel Locker Award in Physics (University of Birmingham; £5000)

1995††† Rosenhain Medal and Prize (Institute of Materials)

1999        Elected Fellow of the Royal Society

2003 †† William Hopkins Prize of the Cambridge Philosophical Society

2005 †† Mott Medal of the Institute of Physics

2006 †† Bakerian Lecturer of the Royal Society

2009 †† Laureate for Europe, LíOreal/UNESCO For Women for Science Awards

2009 †† Elected to the Academia Europaea

2009 †† Foundersí Prize, Polymer Physics Group of the Institute of Physics

2010 †† Fellow of the Science Museum, London

2010 †† IOP Faraday Gold Medal

2010 †† Mott Lecturer for the IOP's Condensed Matter and Materials Physics Division

2010 †† Appointed DBE in the Birthday Honours

2011††† UKRC Women of Outstanding Achievement Award: Lifetime Achievement

2012 †† Honorary DScís from Exeter University and UEA

2013††† Elected Fellow of the European Academy of Science

2013††† One of MRCís Suffrage Science winners for 2013

2013††† Honorary DSc from University of Sheffield

2014††† Rideal Prize Lecturer of the SCI



University Roles

I am a Deputy Vice Chancellor, I chair the Gender Equality Group and am a member of the Research Planning Committee. Within my own department I am a member of the Senior Management Group and chaired its Unit of Assessment (which includes the Institute of Astronomy) committee for the 2014 REF. Until October 2014 I was a memberof University Council and the Universityís Gender Equality Champion.


Selected Recent National and International Committees and Responsibilities

2006-10 1st Chair of Biological Physics Group of the IOP

2006 -††† Member International Scientific Committee for ESPCI, Paris

2007-8 Chair, EBS Committee Review for BBSRC

2010-11 Chair, BBSRC Committee C; Deputy Chair 2009

2010 †††† Member, Physics Pilot REF panel

2010-14 Chair Royal Society Education Committee

2010- ††† Project Director for the IOPís Biological Physics Teaching Project

2011-†††† Trustee Science Museum Group

2011-12 Member Reports on Progress in Physics Editorial Board

2012-14 Observer Royal Society Science Policy Advisory Group

2012- 14 MemberKroto Institute, University of Sheffield, Advisory Group

2012- ††† Member Royal Society Council

2013- ††† Member ERC Scientific Council



I have been engaged in a variety of events revolving around the public awareness of science, dating from the time I headed up the team of 4 giving the 1995-6IOP Schools Lecture Series, giving a lecture entitled "Building with Snakes - the Physics of Long Chain Molecules" at ~25 venues around the country. On the back of the LíOreal Prize I have been delighted to be given a number of opportunities (ranging from Desert Island Discs to Womanís Hour) to talk about my science to a large audience on the radio. In the last few years I have participated in Start the Week, Essential Classics, The Life Scientific, the 7 Ages of Science and In Our Time.



Through my role as Chair of the Royal Society Education Committee I was involved in discussions with civil servants, SPADs and Ministers and sit on the Joint Ministerial STEM Committee (headed up by the Schools and University Ministers). I am a member of the CU Science Policy Exchange Advisory Board and regularly meet with CSaP (Centre for Science and Policy) Fellows.



2007- 14 Director of WiSETI (Women in Science, Engineering and TechnologyInitiative)

2009-13 Chair Athena Forum

2009- ††† Patron Daphne Jackson Trust

2009- 13Member Equality and Diversity Network of the Royal Society

2011-12 Chair LíOreal/UNESCO FWIS Fellowships Jury

2012 - †† Member IOP Advisory Group on Girls In Physics


Within the University I was the Gender Equality Champion (2010-14) and chair the Gender Equality Group. Nationally, I chaired the Athena Forum and am increasingly asked to talk at relevant events (including abroad), such as many other universityís Athena Swan events. I have written numerous articles about issues for girls and women in science (eg for the Smith Institute,for Fabiana and for the Fabian Review), and this topic forms a substantial part of my blogs Ėmy personal blog at, on Guardian science blogs and at Physics Focus, the new IOP blog.


In the last few years talks other than science talks have far outnumbered standard seminar and conference presentations, although they often have some research content.


Talks (other than pure science) since 2011


Outreach and Careers

Imperial Cancer Research Postdoc Day

Edinburgh Engineering Graduate Research Day

IOP (Wales) Schoolteachers Event

IOP (SE Branch)

IOP (East Anglia Branch)

IOP Liverpool City of Culture Event (x2)

Edinburgh Innovative Learning Week

Patrons of the Science Museum

St Paulís Girls School

Skipton High School

Imperial Life Sciences Postdoc Day (upcoming)

2 debates at Hay Philosophy Festival

Science Week Debate on the Future of Healthcare

Science Week Lecture

OxfordScience Society

Cambridge Union Society


Recent Appointees in Materials Science

Bedford Girls High

Triple Helix Society

IOP Nanoscience Group Careersí Day

Royal Institution Friday Evening Discourse

Leeds Bioscience postgraduate symposium

Inspiring the Future

Saffron Walden High

St Maryís Girls School Cambridge event

Chesterton Community College

The Other Club

Hinchingbrooke School


School Education

Association of School Educators

Sunday Times Festival of Education

Westminster Forum

Quantitative Skills debate at British Academy



Manchester WISET

Osterreiche Naturwissenschaft Gesellschaft

Leicester Athena Swan

Exeter Athena Swan

Leeds WISE

InGov Meeting

Dorothy Hodgkin Day

Hay Philosophy Festival

Triple Helix Debates (twice) on science and women

Eureka Debate on science andwomen

LíOreal FWIS Fellowship Day

Launch of ASSET Report

Leeds University Athena Swan

Sheffield University Womenís Network

Newcastle Womenís Group

Imperial College Athena Swan Lecture

MRC Wikipedia Editathon at NIMR

CU Society for Policy Exchange

Schlumberger Faculty of the Future


Royal Holloway Athena Lecture

Merton College Oxford

University of Southampton Campbell Lecture

Sheffield Science Week 2014

Sanger Institute

Churchill College JCR

Women in Science Research Network

IOP Open Lecture



Sidgwick Lecture, Newnham College

Cambridge International Summer School

University of Kent (open lecture)

St John College (Oxford) Interdisciplinary Institute

Lewis Elton Lecture University of Surrey

European Innovation Convention

British Academy/American Academy of Arts joint meeting


Contributions on Radio (since 2009)

Essential Classics

Today x2

Desert Island Discs

A Good Read (discussing biography of Erasmus Darwin)

In Our Time(macromolecules )

Start the Week with Andrew Marr

Womenís Hour

Life Scientific

Inside Science (x2)

Several interviews with Radio 5 and local radio


BBC News 24 x3


Print and Online Journalism

Regular blogger for Guardian Science Blogs and occasional blogger for the IOPís Physics Focus blog and the Huffington Post

2 articles for Observer Comment and 1 for Politics section

Daily Telegraph (1 article)

Interviews with the Daily Mail, Telegraph and Observer

Various articles and book reviews for the THE