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Rob Eastaway

Rob Eastaway has been Director of Maths Inspiration since it began in 2004. He is an author whose books on everyday maths include the bestselling Why Do Buses Come In Threes? and The Hidden Maths of Sport. He appears regularly on BBC Radio 4 and 5 Live to talk about the maths of everyday life and has given maths talks across the world to audiences of all ages.


Matt Parker

Matt Parker is known as the "stand-up mathematician" and is the only person to hold the prestigious title of London Mathematical Society Popular Lecturer while simultaneously having a sold-out comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Matt is always keen to mix his two passions of mathematics and stand-up as well as presenting TV and radio shows. In 2014 his first book, Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension, was published in the UK and USA.


Colin Wright

Colin Wright graduated in Pure Mathematics at Monash University, Melbourne, before going on to get a PhD at Cambridge. While there he learned how to fire-breathe, unicycle and juggle. These days he is director of a company that specialises in software for marine radar, but takes out time to give juggling talks all over the world.


David Acheson

David Acheson is a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, and the author of 1089 and All That. He enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame when he appeared live on BBC's Tomorrow's World to demonstrate his explanation of the Indian Rope Trick. And he plays a mean guitar, too.


Helen Arney

Helen Arney is a musical comedian and one third of the hit show Festival of the Spoken Nerd (with Matt Parker and Steve Mould). She's been a presenter of Coast on BBC2 and in three series of You Have Been Warned on the Discovery Channel. She has also performed in two sell-out shows at the Hammersmith Apollo alongside Prof Brian Cox.


Alex Bellos

Alex Bellos is the author of the bestselling popular maths books Alex's Adventures in Numberland and Alex Through the Looking-Glass. He is also the maths blogger for the Guardian, and a frequent presenter of science documentaries on Radio 4. 


Chris Budd

Chris Budd is Professor of Applied Maths at the University of Bath, and a passionate populariser of mathematics. He is Chair of Maths at the Royal Institution and has given lectures to all ages across the country. He co-wrote Mathematics Galore!.


Lisa Collins

Lisa Collins' A Levels included Maths and French, but she went to Oxford to study her favourite subject - Biology.  She spent her spare time dreaming up mathematical models to describe the amazing biological phenomena she was learning about. She went on to do a PhD in the mathematics of - wait for it - chickens, and how they socialise. Now she uses that understanding to help with animal welfare - and some of her results turn out to be useful in studying human behaviour, too.  Her favourite animal?  At the moment it's the axolotl.


Coralie Colmez

Coralie Colmez graduated from Cambridge University in 2009 with a first in maths, then wrote (with her mum!) Math on Trial, a book which examines the mistakes that have been made by people trying to use maths as evidence in court. It may be a coincidence, but like Sherlock Holmes, Coralie is a mean violinist - it helps her to think...


Hilary Costello

Hilary Costello graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2010 from the University of Alberta, Canada. She's now doing her PhD at Cambridge, looking at whether it might be feasible to cool the planet by putting particles into the stratosphere to reflect sunlight (How cool is that?!). In May 2011 she starred in Channel 4's documentary recreating the WW2 Dambusters raid.


Claire Ellis

Claire Ellis has been involved with Maths Inspiration from its first event back in 2004. Her degree was in Genetics, and for two years she was responsible for the Enigma Schools Project. She spent a year in Guatemala studying the mathematical systems of the Mayans (among other things).


Hannah Fry

Hannah Fry is a lecturer in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London. Her PhD was in the mathematics of fluid flows but she now spends her days looking at the patterns in human behaviour. She's a star of the HeadSqueeze channel on Youtube, on topics ranging from dating to riots.


Lucie Green

Lucie Green is a space scientist based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, in Surrey, where she studies the atmosphere of our nearest star, the Sun. You may well have seen her on TV, in one of her regular appearances on BBC Breakfast, or talking about astronomy with Professor Brian Cox, or even being interviewed on Ten O'Clock Live by Jimmy Carr.


James Grime

Dr James Grime is a speaker and maths populariser with the Millennium Mathematics Project at Cambridge Unviersity. He has toured the world with his code-breaking talk. In his spare time, James creates videos about maths for Youtube - where he has become something of a maths celebrity. And how did he get into this business? He came to Maths Inspiration in Manchester as a PhD student.  The rest is history.


Emily Grossman

Dr. Emily Grossman has a degree in Natural Sciences, a diploma in Musical Theatre and a PhD in Molecular Biology. She teaches maths and science and explains sciency stuff on a range of TV and radio programmes. She is currently a resident science expert on Sky TV's comedy panel game Duck Quacks Don't Echo (hosted by Lee Mack).


Timandra Harkness

Timandra Harkness performs science comedy variously with Matt Parker, Helen Pilcher and Socrates the Rat. She also hosts serious science, statistics and maths events and presents radio programmes on BBC Radio 4. Timandra is studying Maths and Statistics with the Open University just for fun.


Hugh Hunt

Hugh Hunt grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and is a Reader in Engineering at Cambridge University.
He holds the prestigious Rooke Award for public promotion of engineering. Hugh is famous for his Channel 4 documentaries, such as Dambusters Building the Bouncing Bomb, Escape from Colditz and Attack of the Zeppelins. His research is all about Climate Engineering - how to cool the planet if we fail to meet our CO2 emission targets ...


Mark Lewney

Mark Lewney has a PhD in guitar acoustics from Cardiff. He was the first winner of FameLab, a national competition to find the new faces of science communication. Mark has appeared on CBBC's Xchange! (as the "Rock Doctor"), Channel 4 and Radio 4.


Richard Lissaman

Richard Lissaman is Programme Leader of the Further Mathematics Support Programme. He is based at Warwick University, but he also worked part time advising a computer games company in London. With a PhD in Algebra, Richard continues to search for a mathematical formula to get Birmingham City back into the Premier League.


Jon Macey

Jon Macey is a senior lecturer in Computer Animation at the prestigious National Centre for computer animation at Bournemouth University. He teaches programming to artists, mainly on 3D computer graphics and games. He describes himself as an engineer and not a mathematician but uses maths every day to solve problems. He doesn't have an Oscar. But some of his former students do.


Steve Mould

Steve Mould is a comedian and a science communicator, with a Masters Degree in Physics from Oxford. He has been the science expert for Blue Peter and was the Street Scientist on BBC One's Britain's Brightest. Alongside Matt Parker and Helen Arney, he formed Festival of the Spoken Nerd, a hit show that has toured London, Edinburgh and New York.


Helen Pilcher

Helen Pilcher is the only Lithuanian, Elvis-obsessed scientist/journalist/comedian in the world. Helen writes for the science magazine Nature. She is also one half of the Comedy Research Project, a stand-up comedy duo who spent long hours deriving the mathematical formula for the perfect joke - and so has no excuse not to be funny.


Neil Riley

Neil Riley studied physics at university, and spent several years as an engineer working on oil rigs in Yemen and Egypt. He then switched career to work in visual effects for TV and film studios (that’s what maths can do for you!). He’s met Arnie Schwarzenegger and Madonna, but his most famous project has been to supervise Aleksandr Orlov - the world’s wealthiest (Compare The) Meerkat.


John Roberts

John Roberts is a director at Jacobs, one of the UK's largest engineering firms. He is one of the UK's leading theme park engineers, with projects including the London Eye, and the "Big One" at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. He's been a consultant to several TV shows, including Top Gear. He is also a visiting professor of Engineering Design at Manchester University.


Jennifer Rogers

Jennifer Rogers studied Mathematics with Statistics at Lancaster University before going to the University of Warwick to do her PhD. She is now research fellow in the Department of Statistics at the University of Oxford. She has appeared as an expert statistician in the TV programmes Long Live Britain and Mystery Map - in which she calculated the chance of dying from spontaneous human combustion!


Paul Shepherd

Paul Shepherd - After taking a Maths degree at Cambridge and a PhD in his home city of Sheffield, Paul joined engineering consultants Buro Happold, where he worked on the design of many high profile buildings including Arsenal's Emirates, Dublin's Lansdowne Road and even the London Olympics stadium (if only for half a day). He is now a Lecturer at the University of Bath.


Simon Singh

Simon Singh is one of the country's leading writers and broadcasters in the field of maths and science. After graduating in Physics, he joined the BBC where he directed the BAFTA winning documentary Fermat's Last Theorem. His bestselling books include The Code Book and Big Bang, and he recently co-authored Trick or Treatment, an investigation of alternative medicine. He has presented several TV and radio series, including The Science of Secrecy and Mind Games.


Ben Sparks

Ben Sparks is, amongst other things, a mathematician, a musician, and a twin. While at Oxford he sang in Out Of The Blue (who featured in Britain's Got Talent in 2011). He has busked around the world, but still gets unashamedely excited about the good bits of maths. He works at the University of Bath for the Further Maths Support Programme delivering maths lectures and workshops around the country.


David Spiegelhalter

David Spiegelhalter David Spiegelhalter goes by the grand title of the Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge. He has always been fascinated by not knowing what is going to happen, which is partly what tempted him to appear on BBC1's Winter Wipeout in 2011 - where he surprised himself and others by getting through the qualifier and being 6th to be knocked off the Ski-Lift. A highly engaging BBC4 documentary about his work was broadcast in October 2012.


Katie Steckles

Katie Steckles is a mathematician based in Manchester, and a member of Matt Parker's Think-Maths team. Since gaining her PhD she has travelled the country to talk about maths in schools, at science festivals, on BBC radio, at music festivals and on the world famous Numberphile channel. She enjoys doing puzzles, solving the Rubik's cube and baking things shaped like maths.

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