Edward cannot remember a time when he wasn’t interested in science. He used to regularly take apart appliances at home when he was a child. The TV remote was never the same again. His favorite subject at school was Math and when he realized he could combine Math with his hobbies of astronomy and computer coding, he knew just what he wanted to be when he grew up - an astrophysicist.
One of the things I enjoy most about my job at LCO is using computer code to solve astronomy problems,” Edward says. “For me science really came alive when, as a teenager, I realized I could code computers to study things in space.
In addition to being an astrophysicist, Edward is a science communicator and directs the LCO educational program, Global Sky Partners. His career was hugely influenced by sci-fi TV shows of the 1980s and 1990s - in particular Star Trek, Quantum Leap, and Doctor Who. Now he regularly gives public talks on the “Science of Doctor Who” and the “Science of Time Travel”.
As a self-confessed geek, Edward loves comic books. It was natural for him to create a comic book aimed at inspiring and empowering young people who think they can’t do science, Ada’s Adventures in Science. He ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to mail 15,000 copies of the comic book, in 4 languages, to 20 countries around the world. Ada’s Adventures is free to download and now available in 11 languages.
In 2020 Edward was awarded the Lise Meitner medal from the Institute of Physics for his work inspiring children and adults across the globe. He was recognized for the core part of his work engaging with underserved and underrepresented communities.