Physicist Jim Al-Khalili on Leeds United, Einstein and quantum biology

Quantum physicist and broadcaster Jim Al-Khalili talks footballing ambitions, dream chats with Einstein and the incredible connection between gravity and space-time

Physics 31 July 2019
Jim Al-Khalili

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As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

As a young boy, I wanted to be an inventor. But by my teens, I had decided that I also wanted to be a rock star and to play for Leeds United. So yeah, not very ambitious then!

Explain what you do in one easy paragraph.

I am an explainer. As a professor of quantum physics, I conduct research into the tiniest particles that make up the world. I also spend about half of my time communicating scientific ideas to the wider public. It …

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