Even as a student, Brian Ford
established a different way of ‘doing’ science. His campaigning
stance has influenced the way modern science works.
Leaving Cardiff University in
his second year, he was running a successful independent laboratory
by the time his classmates were graduating. He had a weekly
newspaper column on science before he was a student, made his first
radio appearance aged 21 and television appearance at 22. Meanwhile
he was undertaking independent research.
He has since been made a
Fellow of Cardiff University, and is a member of the University
Court. Yet, some four decades later, this prolific, outspoken
iconoclast still declines to conform. “All my life I have tried to
act as a catalyst to cross boundaries, an agent of interdisciplinary
innovation,” he says.
Known to many for his
appearances on television, his own Radio 4 programme Science Now,
for Science Hour on LBC and recently for his annual
contributions to Round Britain Quiz, as well as his numerous
articles and books, Brian has always been committed to helping the
public to understand science.
Brian has previously received
two Learning awards from NESTA. The first award helped him
write a manual for a new computer microscope used in schools
nationwide; the second contributed towards his work on a manual for
digital camera use in schools, which built on the great success of
the microscope project. Now Brian plans to look at the
popularisation of science in the UK as part of his Fellowship.