Cruise Ship Speakers

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Harriet Brettle
Planetary Science & Space
B.Sc. PG Cert, FRAS
Coming from: Pasadena,  California  USA
Harriet is a PhD student in planetary sciences at the California Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on Jupiter and the Galilean moons; she is currently observing Europa using the Keck telescope on Hawaii and, separately, modelling storms on Jupiter their stability. As an active science communicator, Harriet is passionate about sharing her enthusiasm for space exploration with the public. She has covered the space industry for a number of organizations and regularly gives talks ranging from stand-up pub talks to school workshops.

Valerie Calderbank
Coming from: Wantage,  Oxfordshire  UK
Valerie graduated in Physics from King's College, London where she specialised in Nuclear Physics and Biophysics. When she took early retirement in the 1990s, she was able to pursue her lifelong interest in Astronomy and bought her own telescope. In recent years Valerie has put her knowledge to practical use by giving numerous talks on Astronomy. In recognition of this The Royal Astronomical Society appointed her as a Fellow in 2011.

John Maclean
Astronomy & Astrophysics
FRAS (Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society)
Coming from: Exeter,  Devon  UK
John is an experienced Science Communicator in the fields of Astronomy and Astrophysics and is an award winning Astro Photographer. He has a special interest in Cometary science and is a member of the UK Meteor Monitoring Network as well as participating as a communicator for NASA and ESA space missions. John is an experienced presenter with an engaging and humorous style accompanied with extremely professional graphic and audio presentations. John has the ability to communicate scientific concepts in a way that the audience both enjoys and understands. He is also able to provide "Stargazing" nights on board and can lead Aurora expeditions.

Glenn Patrick
Physics, Cosmology & Earth Sciences
BSc, PhD, CPhys, FInstP, FRAS
Coming from: Wantage,  Oxfordshire  UK
Glenn is a particle physicist who has spent most of his career working on large international experiments using accelerators at the CERN Laboratory in Geneva. Glenn is based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory where he is now an Honorary Scientist and is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Portsmouth, where he teaches. Glenn regularly gives public talks to a wide variety of audiences and specialises in explaining the concepts of physics, cosmology and astronomy in everyday language.

Park Sims
Science for the non-scientific
BSc, MSc, Assoc Prof, LtCol(Ret), PE(Ret), FBIM(Ret)
Coming from: Woodbridge,  Suffolk  UK
Park Sims is an American who has lived and worked in England for more than 30 years. A retired military officer, scientist, manager, and training consultant, he is a former Professor of both Physics and Technical Writing, a retired Lt Colonel of the US Air Force, Chartered Engineer, and Fellow of the British Institute of Management. Park speaks on the science of the world around us in a light-hearted and entertaining way (“Science for the Non-scientific”), using everyday language. He also speaks on the history of the US Air Force in England.

Ben Still
Physics & Science
Coming from: London,    UK
Ben is a national multi-award-winning science communicator, scientist, and author. Not your average scientist; Ben uses clear visuals and everyday metaphors, allowing all audiences to appreciate the beauty of even the most abstract of sciences. An experienced speaker, he enthralls audiences of all ages through engaging talks and hands on LEGO® workshops. His books have been translated into multiple languages and are finding success around the globe.

Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe
Astronomy, Astrobiology & Life in the Universe
Coming from: Cardiff,  Wales  UK
Professor Wickramasinghe is a world-renowned astronomer who has made important contributions to the theory of cosmic dust. Together with the late Sir Fred Hoyle he pioneered the modern theory of panspermia which argues for life being a cosmic phenomenon. He is an award winning poet, and the author of over 22 books and 350 scientific papers. He has held professional appointments in a large number of universities and has at one time been advisor to the President of Sri Lanka. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Sir Arnold Wolfendale
Physics & Astronomy
14th Astronomer Royal
Coming from: Durham,  County Durham  UK
Sir Arnold Wolfendale is an astrophysicist who is still actively engaged in research. He was President of the Royal Astronomical Society from 1981 – 1983, the Institute of Physics from 1994 – 1996, and was the 14th Astronomer Royal from 1991 – 1995. He was President of the European Physical Society. A prominent feature of his presentations is his humour, and the fact that all in attendance are given an authgraphed, crested, 'Astronomer Royal' photograph.

Alan Wright
Astronomy & Physical Sciences
Coming from: Wynyard,  Tasmania  Australia
Alan Wright has been a professional research astronomer for over 50 years, much of that time as the Chief Astronomer & Head of Operations at the world-famous Parkes Observatory in Australia, known to many as “The Dish”. He is a multiple graduate of London University and has worked in Canada, the USA and several European countries, as well as in Australia. Recently retired, he retains his passion for astronomy and takes a very active interest in all modern astronomical discoveries. He is also a dynamic and popular speaker who specialises in making “tricky” scientific subjects understandable to everybody.

Stephanie Yardley
Astronomy & Solar Physics
PhD, MPhys, BSc, FRAS
Coming from: St Andrews,  Fife  UK
Stephanie is a PhD student at UCL’s Department of Space and Climate Physics based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory in Surrey and studies magnetic activity on the Sun’s surface. The Sun’s magnetic field can be highly concentrated in patches known as active regions. The understanding of what drives these structures to become unstable and erupt would hugely benefit space weather prediction. Stephanie is very enthusiastic about her research and loves to share this with the public by giving talks, writing articles and visiting schools.