Hello! I'm Sharon Ann Holgate and I'm a Freelance Science Writer and
Broadcaster based in the UK.
My doctorate is in physics, and I write mainly
about physics and technology – including medical physics and
engineering, and scientific careers. So far my articles
in New Scientist, The Times Higher Education Supplement, Science
Careers, Focus, Flipside, E&T, Astronomy Now, Interactions, and
Physics World. I have also written brochures
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.
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 like to write light-hearted articles - particular favourites
being features for Focus magazine 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, as
many people favoured ripped up newspapers instead!
tends to cover a wider range of
science topics, and my latest programme Jack and the
, a pantomime with a scientific
twist, was broadcast in December 2011 on BBC Radio 4, and
repeated in December 2012 on BBC Radio 4 Extra. Previously I
into an alter ego called 'MC Shaz' for a BBC World Service youth
programme called 'The Edge'! I made 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?
I have 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 telescopes, and from sunspots to sport for the lazy.
know that according to British researchers at Manchester Metropolitan
University just imagining doing exercise can help make our muscles
stronger? So no excuses that you haven't got time to go to the gym!
My first book 'The Way Science
(which I co-authored with Robin
Kerrod) was published by Dorling Kindersley in April 2002, and was
shortlisted for the Junior Prize in the Aventis Prizes for Science
Books 2003 (now known as the Royal Society Prizes for Science Books).
Meanwhile my second book 'Understanding
Solid State Physics'
- which is
a textbook on the physics of solids that I wrote over the course of
nine years - was published by Taylor & Francis in December
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!
Further information on all aspects of my work can be found in my CV
in the different sections of this website - please follow the links on
this page or go direct to the sections using the buttons at the top of
the page. If you wish to commission me for either writing or
please do not hesitate to get in touch via the Contact
Thank you for visiting this site. I hope you enjoy it.
Way Science Works book cover copyright Dorling Kindersley Limited.
Reproduced here with permission.