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Simon Clark (Science Communicator)

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Simon Clark
Simon Clark.jpg
Born1990 (Age 28)
NationalityUnited Kingdom
EducationUniversity of Oxford (MPhys) University of Exeter (PhD)
Occupation
Known forSimon Clark on Youtube
Websitehttps://www.simonoxfphys.com

Simon Clark is a British Atmospheric Physicist, Science Communicator and Podcast Host. Known for making educational science videos and vlogs on Youtube, on his youtube channel Simon Clark. He has recently finished a PhD in Atmospheric Physics at the University of Exeter, and is the Co-Host of the Wikicast, alongside his friend Dan Maw.

Early Life and Education[edit | edit source]

He was born in Torquay, and is the son of a Royal Navy Officer[1]. He attended Wellsway school, near Bristol.[2] He studied physics at the University of Oxford, where he specialised in theoretical and atmospheric physics, graduating with a Master of Physics degree in 2013.[3]

Research[edit | edit source]

Clark recently finished a PhD in Physics at the University of Exeter, under the supervision of Professor Mark Baldwin.[4] His research was into coupling between the stratosphere and troposphere over the polar region, especially sudden stratospheric warming.[5] He has presented his research at EGU in 2016.[6]

Youtube and Public Engagement[edit | edit source]

Since 2010, Clark has created videos for his youtube channel Simon Clark, which has over 165,000 subscribers, initially set up to produce outreach videos for people applying from state-schools for Oxbridge, the channel has since moved towards postgraduate vlogs and science videos, including series about the Atmosphere and Cryosphere.[7] Whilst at Oxford, he founded the Oxvlog project, a student run vlogging channel for Oxford students.[8][9] He was awarded a grant from youtube NextUp in 2017, attending their global creator camp.[10][11] He has done videos with several companies, including Airbus, and the European Central Bank.[12][13]

During his time at Oxford, he won the Gibbs prize for Public speaking, and then Scott Prize for teaching physics in schools.[14] He has been featured in a series of science videos for BBC Bitesize.[15] In 2018 he gave a talk at a TEDx event at Lancaster University, speaking about how to use video to educate.[16][17] He has spoken about Chaos theory at Eton college.[18]

The Wikicast[edit | edit source]

Since July 2017, Clark has been the co-host of the Wikicast, alongside his friend Dan Maw. The Podcast is based around clicking the 'random article button', on Wikipedia and discussing it, often going on tangents that vary differently to the article. The podcast also features several segments, such as crisis corner; an agony aunt-style advice sections where listeners - referred to as 'readers' - email in with problems and the two give advice on these.[19][20] The Podcast has featured several guests such as Sally le Page.

The Podcast is uploaded to the youtube channel Spongy and Electric a comedy channel, which also features videos of Clark and Maw in real life.

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

He currently lives with his girlfriend, who is affectionally referred to as a 'Pixel Girl', as she does not want her face shown in videos.

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Simon Clark (2015-02-23), Draw my life - SimonOxfPhys, retrieved 2018-10-27
  2. "Could Nasa blast science into orbit?". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  3. Simon Clark (2013-11-12), Graduating from the University of Oxford, retrieved 2018-10-26
  4. "University of Exeter". emps.exeter.ac.uk. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  5. "University of Exeter". emps.exeter.ac.uk. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  6. Simon Clark (2016-04-26), Presenting my PhD research at EGU 2016!, retrieved 2018-10-27
  7. "Simon Clark". YouTube. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  8. "Oxvlog". YouTube. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  9. "Biography". Simon Clark. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  10. "YouTube Announces Latest NextUp 2017 Winners – TenEighty — YouTube News, Features, and Interviews". teneightymagazine.com. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  11. "Biography". Simon Clark. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  12. Simon Clark (2018-10-25), How to build your own Mars rover (in 12,195 easy steps), retrieved 2018-10-27
  13. Simon Clark (2018-06-28), Economics, PhDs, and my bathtub, retrieved 2018-10-27
  14. "Biography". Simon Clark. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  15. "BBC Bitesize - GCSE Physics (Single Science) - Practical skills - Revision 1". BBC Bitesize. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  16. "MAIN EVENT". TEDx. 2018-02-19. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  17. TEDx Talks (2018-07-12), Creating videos for digital eyes | Simon Clark | TEDxLancasterU, retrieved 2018-10-27
  18. Simon Clark (2018-10-03), Brian Cox in concert and speaking at Eton - September vlog, retrieved 2018-10-27
  19. "The Wikicast". Simon Clark. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  20. Development, PodBean. "The Wikicast". Retrieved 2018-10-27.


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