Jim Al-Khalili


Theoretical Physicist, Author & Broadcaster. President, The British Science Association (2018-19). Host of “The Life Scientific” on BBC Radio 4 programme.

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Jim Al-Khalili is a multiple award-winning science communicator renowned for his public engagement around the world through writing and broadcasting and a leading academic making fundamental contributions to theoretical physics, particularly in nuclear reaction theory, quantum effects in biology, open quantum systems and the foundations of quantum mechanics.

Jim Al-Khalili is a theoretical physicist at the University of Surrey where he holds a Distinguished Chair in physics as well as a university chair in the public engagement in science. He received his PhD in nuclear reaction theory in 1989 and has published widely in the field. His current interest is in open quantum systems and the application of quantum mechanics in biology.

In 2020, he set up a new Quantum Foundations Centre at the University of Surrey to bring together research interests in the foundations of quantum mechanics, the nature of entanglement and decoherence. In 2021, he was awarded a grant by the John Templeton Foundation to study the arrow of time and its implications in quantum biology.

He is a prominent author and broadcaster. He has written 14 books on popular science and the history of science, between them translated into twenty-six languages. His book, «The World According to Physics», was shortlisted for the Royal Society Book Prize. His book «The Joy Of Science» published in 2022, presents 8 short lessons on how to unlock the clarity, empowerment, and joy of thinking and living a little more scientifically.


He is a regular presenter of TV science documentaries, such as the Bafta nominated «Chemistry: a volatile history», and he hosts the long-running weekly BBC Radio 4 programme, The Life Scientific.


Jim is a past president of the British Science Association and a recipient of the Royal Society Michael Faraday medal and the Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal, the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal and the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication. He received an OBE (Order of the British Empire)  in 2007 and a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2021 for ‘services to science’.