www.sharonannholgate.com

INTRODUCTION

Hello! I'm Sharon Ann Holgate and I'm a Freelance Science Writer and Broadcaster based in the UK.
Sharon Holgate
  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 have appeared in Science, Science Careers, New Scientist, The Times Higher Education Supplement,  E&T, Flipside, Focus, Physics World, Interactions, Materials World, Modern Astronomer and Astronomy Now. I have also written brochures, and print and online careers material, for both the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, as well as press releases and case studies for the Institute of Physics. You can read my latest articles here.

Did you 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 neurological conditions?

    I also enjoy writing articles that link science and performing or visual art, 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!

Did you 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!

the way science works   
    My first book, 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 (now known as the Royal Society Prizes for Science Books).
Understanding Solid State Physics

    Meanwhile my second book 'Understanding Solid State Physics', an undergraduate textbook on the physics of solids published by Taylor & Francis in December 2009 is currently in use as a core text in Universities around the world.

    I also contributed to the popular science book ‘30-Second Quantum Theory’ edited by Brian Clegg, which was published by Icon Books in 2014.  
            
30-Second Quantum Theory    My broadcasting tends to cover a wider range of science topics, and has included devising and presenting Jack and the Genetically Modified Beanstalk, a pantomime with a scientific twist for BBC Radio 4 in 2011. Previously I metamorphosed into an alter 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.

       Did you 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 shortlisted 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. 

 Did you 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 at 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 with 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 was obviously delighted about! 

Thank you for visiting this site. I hope you enjoy it.      

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