Hello! I'm Sharon Ann Holgate and I'm a Freelance Science Writer and
Broadcaster based in the UK.
I have a doctorate in physics, and I write mainly
about physics and technology – including medical physics and
engineering, and scientific careers. My articles
in publications including Science,
Careers, New Scientist, The Times Higher Education
World and Materials World. I have also
and careers material
for both the Institute of
Physics and the Institute
of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, as well as press releases
the Institute of Physics.
You can read my latest articles here
know that Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) can measure blood flow to
the heart and allow doctors to see areas of the heart damaged by a
heart attack, as well as being used to diagnose sports injuries and
I also enjoy
writing articles that link science and performing or
and like to write light-hearted articles - particular favourites being
features on the World's most useless inventions, and
the science and history of toilet paper, which I discussed with Chris
Evans on his BBC Radio2 Drivetime show!
know that before toilet paper was produced in 1857, people had used
everything from ostrich feathers to rags, leaves and grass to perform
the task? Unbelievably it took another 90 years to really catch on!
a Dorling Kindersley children’s popular science book called 'The Way Science Works'
, which I
co-authored with Robin
Kerrod, was shortlisted for the Junior Prize in the
Aventis Prizes for Science
Books 2003. Following this I wrote 'Understanding
Solid State Physics'
an undergraduate textbook on the physics of solids published
& Francis in December 2009, which is currently used as
a core text
in Universities around
the world. I also contributed to the
popular science book ‘30-Second
edited by Brian Clegg, which was
published by Icon
Books in 2014. My latest book, 'Outside the Research Lab - Volume 1:
Physics in the Arts, Architecture, and Design'
published by IOP Publishing in conjunction with Morgan &
Claypool Publishers in February 2017.
tends to cover a wider range of
science topics, and has included devising and presenting Jack
a pantomime with a scientific
twist for BBC Radio 4 in 2011. Previously I metamorphosed into
ego called 'MC Shaz' for a BBC World Service youth programme called
'The Edge'! I presented two series of E=MC Shaz - short pieces
in which I
investigated some of the claims pop music lyrics make
about science -
as well as a report about environmentally friendly guitars and a
feature on the science of bras.
know that there are up to 50 components in some bras, and that
engineering techniques can be used to measure the strains exerted by
bras on women’s bodies?
also written and presented a BBC Radio 4
documentary on the Indian physicist S.N.Bose
- which was
for the Syngenta ABSW Science Writers' Awards 2005,
appeared on a
'Boffins Special' of the Weakest Link with Anne Robinson on BBC2, been
a studio guest on Midweek with Libby Purves on BBC Radio 4, presented a
series of video interviews
with researchers for the Myrovlytis Trust,
and enjoyed many live science slots on Bill Buckley's afternoon
show on BBC Southern Counties Radio. Bill and I discussed
everything from time
travel to sport for the lazy.
know that according to researchers just imagining doing
exercise can help make our muscles
stronger? So no excuses that you haven't got time to go to the gym!
I have given talks
various venues including the Science Museum in
London, Milestones Museum in Basingstoke, and Great Ormond Street
Children's Hospital. I have also performed Science
and Magic shows
professional magician Tony Drewitt at the Jewish Museum in London.
In January 2007, I was awarded the Institute of Physics Young
Professional Physicist of the Year award for 2006
, which I
obviously delighted about!
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