2013 Kelvin medal and prize

Professor Jeff Forshaw, University of Manchester. For his wide-reaching work aimed at helping the general public to understand complex ideas in physics.

Jeff Forshaw is a leading theoretical particle physicist, who is passionate about communicating science to the public with the goal to explain science, not merely to describe it. He has been hugely successful in reaching an audience of millions.

Jeff has written two popular science books that are world-wide bestsellers, with Brian Cox as co-author: “Why does E=mc2? (and why should we care?)” and “The Quantum Universe: Everything that can happen does happen”.

Jeff has been the principal science consultant for several TV programmes. Highlights include the “Wonders of the Solar System” and “Wonders of the Universe” series on the BBC. He has appeared on The One Show to talk about the theory of relativity and he makes regular appearances on BBC Breakfast, The Today Programme and BBC Radio Five Live, where he is asked to explain complicated physics to the general public. He is a columnist for The Observer and has written many articles, and been interviewed many times in the press. Jeff has delivered high-profile public talks, including a sell-out lecture at the Royal Festival Hall, a Royal Institution Lecture and events at science and art festivals.

Jeff also operates at the grassroots level. He works with schools to enthuse the next generation of scientists and has participated in many British Association “SciBar” events and Café Scientifique events around the UK. Jeff Forshaw is unique in his ability to explain complex ideas in physics in an accessible way. This success is fuelled by a belief that there is a real appetite to actually understand things. As an outstanding theoretical physicist and gifted communicator he has enthused audiences worldwide.