“My role is to understand how scientists in the UK will use the ELT.”
I investigate some of the most distant galaxies in the universe and think about how they started their lives and how they evolved. I also work on understanding the wide range of astrophysical questions European Southern Observatory’s ELT will answer.
My role is to understand the scientific motivation and capabilities of the ELT. I promote and provide information to the wider UK ELT instrument teams, UK committees and the UK astronomical community.
It’s hard to say that astronomy impacts people’s day-to-day lives, but astronomy research collectively allows us to learn more about the universe and our place in it, answering our human instinct to pursue knowledge.
I am a passionate advocate of women in science, like to talk to the public about my work and co-founded a citizen science project that all bring astronomy and science at least temporarily into people’s lives.
The wonder of it all, always having to and wanting to ask questions, and to think about what physical processes lie behind the results we observe. We’re constantly problem solving in all aspects of our work and I think that’s what keeps it interesting, well as well as the fascinating subject matter of course!
I always had an interest in all sciences and particularly maths, but also loved art, history and languages.
After deciding I wanted to physics (and astrophysics in particular), I chose to do maths, further maths, physics, chemistry and general studies at A-level, but secretly wished I’d continued with art too!
I was enchanted by astronomy and space at a very young age. Most memorably, when I was 5 years old and visiting my mother’s childhood home in rural India where the sky was truly ‘dark’, I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of stars I could see. It frightened me, but also inspired me to ask questions to find out why things are the way they are. That inquisitiveness is really what led to me to study sciences.
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