Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE FRS

Jim is a prominent author and broadcaster. He has written 12 books, between them translated into over twenty languages, mostly on popular science and the history of science. One of them, Pathfinders: the golden age of Arabic science, was shortlisted for the Warwick Book Prize in 2013, while Life on the Edge: the coming of age of quantum biology was shortlisted for the 2015 Royal Society Winton Prize.

Jim is a regular presenter of TV science documentaries, including the BAFTA nominated Chemistry: A Volatile History and Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity. Most recently. He presented the BBC documentary, The Joy of AI, on artificial intelligence. For the past seven years he has presented the award-winning weekly BBC Radio 4 programme, The Life Scientific.

Jim is the current president of the British Science Association. He is a board member of CaSE (The Campaign for Science and Engineering), a trustee of the Institute of Physics and on the judging panel of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. As an advocate for secular humanism, he served as president of Humanists UK for three years. He is a recipient of the Royal Society Michael Faraday medal, the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal and the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication. He received an OBE in 2007 for ‘services to science’ and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 2018.

Jim is married with two adult children and lives in Hampshire.