Here you can find a few more details about my track record. In brief: I grew up in Reading, a fairly mundane industrial town close to London, UK. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, but after consuming a hefty dose of (sometimes rather sensationalist) popular science books, physics seemed like a decent place to start. I secured a place to study physics at the University of Oxford, and after my undergraduate degree I stuck around for a PhD in astrophysics. After graduating I was appointed as a postdoctoral research fellow at All Souls College, one of the constituent colleges of Oxford University. I spent five years as fellow of this strange and special place, including one year as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. In 2019 I moved to Queen Mary University of London as a Royal Society University Research Fellow and proleptic senior lecturer. If you really want all the gory details, here's my CV (might be a little out of date at times...).
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This is Wallingford, a town very near to where I grew up. This is what home looks like to me: greenery, the River Thames (flooded), brooding grey skies. As a child I spend large amounts of time on canal boats, like the one in the picture.