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Sharon Ann Holgate

Freelance science writer and broadcaster

I am a science writer and broadcaster based in the UK. I have a doctorate in physics, and whilst I write mainly about physics and technology, my broadcasting covers all areas of science.

Biography

I obtained my doctorate (in experimental physics) from the University of Sussex, where I was subsequently a Visiting Fellow in Physics and Astronomy for 9 years. I have worked as a science writer and broadcaster for the last 22 years. During this time I have devised and presented science programmes on BBC Radio 4, presented two mini-series and features for the BBC World Service, presented video podcasts for medical research charity the Myrovlytis Trust, and competed in a 'Boffins Special' of The Weakest Link.  My articles have appeared in New Scientist, Science, Science Careers, The Times Higher Education Supplement, Flipside, E&T, Focus, Physics World, Interactions, Materials World, Modern Astronomer, and Astronomy Now. I have also written careers material, case studies, and press releases for the Institute of Physics, and careers material and brochures for the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. My first book The Way Science Works (co-authored with Robin Kerrod) was shortlisted for the Aventis Prizes for Science Books Junior Prize. I was also shortlisted for the broadcasting category of the Association of British Science Writers' Awards in 2005. I have contributed to the popular science books 30-Second Quantum Theory and 30-Second Energy, and have written three volumes for my Outside the Research Lab undergraduate textbook series. I was delighted to be awarded the Institute of Physics Young Professional Physicist of the Year for 2006, and while I was a postgraduate student I won a Merit Award in the Daily Telegraph Young Science Writer of the Year competition.

Education

    DPhil in experimental physics, University of Sussex, 1992-1996
    BSc (Hons) in physics, University of Sussex, 1989-1992

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    My doctorate was in thermoluminescence.

Personal Interests

    Outside of work I collect contemporary ceramics, regularly visit art galleries and museums, and enjoy learning about fashion history and steam locomotives.

Websites

Books

Featured Title
 Featured Title - Understanding Solid State Physics, 2ed - 2nd Edition book cover

Articles

Royal Society’s Research Culture Collaboration Collections

Models of reward: and the rewards of collaboration


Published: Oct 26, 2018 by Royal Society’s Research Culture Collaboration Collections
Authors: Multiple

Models of reward: and the rewards of collaboration published as part of the Royal Society’s Research Culture Collaboration Collections essays about scientific collaborations.

Science Careers

Advice from researchers-turned-career-counselors for their younger selves – and today’s trainees


Published: Oct 15, 2018 by Science Careers
Authors: Sharon Ann Holgate

Science Careers article.

Materials World

Driving Materials Forward


Published: Jul 03, 2017 by Materials World
Authors: Sharon Ann Holgate

Feature about the materials and processes used by bespoke supercar and sports car manufacturers.

Science Careers

The benefits of awards—even if you don’t win


Published: May 31, 2017 by Science Careers
Authors: Sharon Ann Holgate

Feature on the benefits of applying for awards.

E&T (Engineering and Technology)

Cancer Treatment: proton beam therapy coming to UK


Published: Apr 18, 2016 by E&T (Engineering and Technology)
Authors: Sharon Ann Holgate

Feature about the building of a National Health Service high-energy proton beam therapy facility in London.

E&T (Engineering and Technology)

Include or lose: Design for the whole market


Published: Mar 14, 2016 by E&T (Engineering and Technology)
Authors: Sharon Ann Holgate

Feature about the commercial advantages of adopting inclusive design principles.

Science Careers

Blog, tweet, and avoid the pitfalls


Published: Dec 08, 2015 by Science Careers
Authors: Sharon Ann Holgate

Advice for scientists on using social media.

E&T (Engineering and Technology)

Dawn of the new P2 age


Published: Nov 09, 2015 by E&T (Engineering and Technology)
Authors: Sharon Ann Holgate

Feature about the building of a new steam locomotive by the team behind the A1 Pacific locomotive 'Tornado'.

Science Careers

How to present a disability during recruitment


Published: Apr 22, 2015 by Science Careers
Authors: Sharon Ann Holgate

Advice on dealing with the recruitment process for scientific jobs if you have a disability.

Physics World

Leadership required


Published: Sep 16, 2014 by Physics World
Authors: Sharon Ann Holgate
Subjects: Physics

Feature about what qualities it takes to be director-general of CERN. Includes interviews with past DGs.

Science Careers

Gaining an edge in overseas interviews


Published: Aug 04, 2014 by Science Careers
Authors: Sharon Ann Holgate

Tips for handling interviews for scientific positions overseas.

Science Careers

Becoming a Catalyst for Greater Diversity in Science


Published: May 13, 2014 by Science Careers
Authors: Sharon Ann Holgate

Profile of physicist Mark Richards, head of outreach for the physics department at Imperial College London.

Science Careers

How to Present Yourself During an Interview (Psychology of Interviews, Part 3)


Published: Apr 10, 2014 by Science Careers
Authors: Sharon Ann Holgate

Final part of a three-part series looking at the psychology of job interviews for scientific positions, and giving tips on how best to handle various interview situations.

Science Careers

When an Interview (Seemingly) Goes All Wrong (Psychology of Interviews, Part 2)


Published: Apr 09, 2014 by Science Careers
Authors: Sharon Ann Holgate

Second of a three-part series looking at the psychology of job interviews for scientific positions, and giving tips on how best to handle various interview situations.

Science Careers

Scrutinizing Your Personality (Psychology of Interviews, Part 1)


Published: Apr 07, 2014 by Science Careers
Authors: Sharon Ann Holgate

First of a three-part series looking at the psychology of job interviews for scientific positions, and giving tips on how best to handle various interview situations.

News

The companion website for the second edition of my book Understanding Solid State Physics went live

By: Sharon Ann Holgate

The companion website for the second edition of my book Understanding Solid State Physics went live.

2nd edition of Understanding Solid State Physics published

By: Sharon Ann Holgate
Subjects: Physics

The second edition of Understanding Solid State Physics was published on April 22 2021.

New supplementary material for Understanding Solid State Physics published

By: Sharon Ann Holgate

A new, updated version of the supplementary material for my undergraduate textbook Understanding Solid State Physics is now available online on the CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group) webpage. This includes links and further reading related to each of the chapters.

Advice for physicists working overseas

By: Sharon Ann Holgate

In my latest Physics World article, which forms part of the March 2014 Graduate Careers supplement, I discover how several physicists have successfully managed cultural differences when working overseas. The supplement is available as a free pdf download from the following page:

Further reading suggestions to tie in with Chapter 8: Living in a Magnetic World

By: Sharon Ann Holgate

 'Spin revolution’, by Jon Cartwright, New Scientist, pp40-45, 11th January 2014. (Online version titled ‘Spin: The quantum twist coming to a computer near you’.)

Link: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22129510.900-spin-the-quantum-twist-coming-to-a-computer-near-you.html

 ‘They help us drive to the shops, call friends and power the planet’, by Richard Webb, New Scientist, pp38-41, 27th October 2012. (Online version titled ‘Loss of attraction: We’re running out of magnets’.)

Link: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21628882.100-loss-of-attraction-were-running-out-of-magnets.html

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