Published: 10 March 2016

Jim Al-Khalili’s physics hero

Discover who inspired Professor Jim Al-Khalili to pursue his passion for physics and the mysterious world of quantum mechanics.

To mark British Science Week, Surrey academics describe the person who sparked their interest in science and engineering.

Watch the video to learn why Jim Al-Khalili, Surrey’s Professor of Physics and Public Engagement in Science and winner of the the inaugural Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication, picked Danish physicist Niels Bohr as his science hero.

Niels Bohr is regarded by many as the founder of quantum mechanics. A genius, on par with Einstein, he was just as important in the history of science and engineering.

Professor Al-Khalili 

Become your hero

Whether you’re interested in physics, maths, biosciences or engineering, the University of Surrey offers a wide range of undergraduate degrees to help you pursue your passion for a career in science and engineering.

Find out who Dr Radu Sporea, RAEng Academic Research Fellow, picked as his engineering hero and discover why playing with K'Nex as a child inspired Ben Elphick to study for a MEng in Civil Engineering.

Careers in physics

A physics degree can open doors to a wide range of fascinating careers.

Surrey physics graduates have taken up roles such as research physicists, consultants, engineers, teachers and bankers in companies including the BBC, BAE Systems and Astrium. Many have gone on to take Masters degrees in a range of subjects, such as geophysics, nanotechnology, meteorology, quantum field theory, education management and science communication, while others have chosen to study for PhDs in astrophysics, semiconductors or photonics.

Discover more about our Physics degrees and student life at Surrey.

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