Jim Al-Khalili is an Iraqi born British theoretical physicist, author and broadcaster. He is professor of physics at the University of Surrey where he also holds a chair in the Public Engagement in Science. He gained his PhD, theoretical nuclear physics from Surrey in 1989 and has published widely on theoretical physics and quantum mechanics. He is also active as a science communicator and has written a number of popular science books, which between them have been translated into over twenty languages. He is a regular presenter of TV science documentaries, including “Atom,” the multiple award winning “Secret Life of Chaos” and the Bafta nominated “Chemistry: A Volatile History.” He also presents a regular weekly BBC Radio4 program, “The Life Scientific.”
He is a recipient of the Royal Society Michael Faraday medal and the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal and was honored with an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honors List. His latest book, Paradox: The Nine Greatest Enigmas in Physics (Random House) is published in the US later this year.