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C V

Born 4 July 1943. Education: Eton College, A- and S-levels in physics, chemistry, and maths; 1 year VSO teaching English in central India; MA (Oxon) - First in chemistry; D Phil (York) in organometallic chemistry. Three years’ post-doctoral research in Canada and the UK. Five years publishing science books for the Oxford University Press. Seventeen years making programmes with Yorkshire Television. I have lived for one year in India and for three in Western Canada; I speak a little Japanese, a little German, and a little French. Currently freelance, I take photographs, write articles and  books, and present radio and television programmes, mostly about science.

 

Recent examples of films and presentations:

The Science Museum

 

In March 2011, I opened a new Exhibition at The Science Museum entitled "James Watt and our World". This brilliant new exhibit features Watt's original workshop, completely reassembled and moved to the Science Museum in London. Watch a video about it on YouTube.

 

 

A short film for BP about carbon offsetting.

 

Your pocket guide to carbon offsetting -- in an entertaining, educational film. Offsetting has its followers and its detractors, now you can make up your own mind. Adam-Hart Davis firmly believes it has a role to play and here he shows us how it works in his inimitable style (September 2011).

Adam Hart Davis finds out how MAST works.

The science broadcaster reveals the technology behind the UK's fusion experiment, with the help of a cappuccino, some grapes and a microwave oven. (January 2010).

 

 

 

 

 

 


Television

In 1977 I worked as a researcher with Magnus Pyke, and the first item I did was about why banana skins are slippery. After Don’t Ask Me and Don’t Just Sit There (studio shows with Magnus Pyke and David Bellamy) came Where There’s Life (with Miriam Stoppard and Rob Buckman), and Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious World. In 1985 I produced Arthur C Clarke’s World of Strange Powers.

I invented and produced Scientific Eye, the most successful school science series on TV – which was used in some 70 per cent of UK secondary schools, and in 35 other countries. This was followed by Mathematical Eye (1989-92) - the most successful school maths series. I also produced Fun & Games, an audience-participation studio series based on mathematical puzzles, The Battle of the Bottle-Snatchers (for BBC's QED), a co-production with the Japanese TV company NHK, and five programmes about Loch Ness for Discovery Channel (1993).

In 1990, fat and unfit, I bought a pink-and-yellow mountain bike in an attempt to change shape; instead I changed direction, and became a presenter. I have presented eight series of Local Heroes from the bike, riding around the country talking about dead scientists and doing demonstrations. The first two (1992 and -3) were regional series for YTV. In On the Edge (1994), a scientific look at the East coast, we covered everything from the science of fish and chips to the colour of Henry VIII’s socks. The other six series of Local Heroes were on BBC2, finishing in summer 2000.

I have presented for BBC2 one programme on the Top Ten Treasures of the British Museum, four programmes on What the Stuarts did for us, four programmes on What the Tudors Did for Us, eight programmes on What the Victorians Did for Us, and six programmes on What the Romans Did for Us.  I have also presented two six-part series on current science and technology (Science Shack), 14 chat shows with top scientists for Mag Rack, an American Science Channel, 12 Tomorrow’s World programmes for BBC1, five Science in Focus programmes for C4 Schools, three programmes called Adam Hart-Davis Says Come to your Senses, and four programmes called Live from Dinosaur Island.  In addition, I have made 35 history programmes (Hart-Davis on History), eight programmes about the history of London for Carlton (Secret City)and a total of 22 programmes on How London was Built for ITV London and The History Channel.

My most recent series for The History Channel, have been Just Another Day (the science and technology of everyday life) and How Britain was Built (shot in Bristol, Liverpool, Edinburgh, and Newcastle). I have appeared on Celebrity Mastermind, Richard and Judy (3 times), Have I Got News For You, and various other programmes.

See the TV page for more details.


Radio

I have presented 20 documentaries called Inventors Imperfect, plus six High Resolution, four Elements of Surprise, five on Reinventing the Wheel, 20 on Eureka Years, and 12 on Engineering Solutions. In 2004 I also appeared in the Radio 4 panel game Inspiration and have taken part in various other programmes .

See also the Radio page.


Photography

Drop of milk Dandelion I enjoy taking scientific photographs, specially close-ups of fibre optics, milk and water drops, bursting balloons, and spiders’ webs. My pictures have appeared in many magazines and books, and in a dozen national newspapers.  My book Why Does a Ball Bounce: and 100 other questions from the worlds of science is based on some of the scientific ones (see the Books page). Look at some of my favourites on the Photos page.

Books

I have read several books, and written about 30 - see my Books page.


Organizations

I am also a member of many organizations - see my Organizations page.


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