Andrew Beale



Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Cambridge University and UCL


Natural Sciences, Cambridge and PhD, UCL

Work History:

Lab-based until after my PhD, then the Science Museum (London) and the Royal Institution

Current Job:

Christmas Lectures Assistant at the Royal Institution


The Royal Institution

Me and my work

I’m helping figure out good explanations for topics in this year’s lectures

My Typical Day

Fact-checking content for the lectures, building props and designing demos and much more besides!

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

fun, easygoing, thinker

What living thing amazes you the most?

The pigmy chameleon. The pigmy gathers all the amazing things about chameleons in a tiny package

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Once or twice, but only really because of forgetting things like homework.

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

Probably a design engineer – I’ve always loved F1 and I used to draw all the cars when I was younger

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Discover something previously completely unknown – that cavefish have working body clocks

Who or what inspired you to become a scientist?

My grandads – one grandad was a chemistry professor and used to show me his lab, the other was a real practical guy and built lots of things with me and brother when we were younger

What would your superpower be?

Super healing and regeneration – you’d never get injured playing football. Also, they’re superpowers that, with a few more years of research, could be possible…

If I could change one thing about the world...

My favourite CHRISTMAS LECTURE memory is:

Seeing an experiment I had designed for this year’s lectures work really well – I was so nervous about it beforehand because experiments often don’t work all the time, but to see it work first time was amazing

The most Fantastic thing about Life is:

Food :-)

Other stuff

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