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Published: 16 March 2016

My science hero: Sir Terry Pratchett

Robert Dorey, Professor of Nanomaterials, describes why he admires author Sir Terry Pratchett for his skills in science communication.

To mark British Science Week, Surrey academics describe a person who has inspired them in their work.

Watch the video to hear Robert Dorey, Professor of Nanomaterials, explain why Sir Terry Pratchett – best known for his Discworld book series  is his science hero.

Terry Pratchett had a beautiful way of looking at life and scientific and engineering problems. He came up with completely random solutions to everyday activities  and he managed to communicate them brilliantly in his books.

Robert Dorey, Professor of Nanomaterials

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