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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 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 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 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 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.
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!.
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.
Hugh Hunt grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and is a senior lecturer in Engineering at Cambridge University. He holds the "Best First Year Lecturer" award. 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 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.
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.
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 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 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.