This year sees the sixth Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, with a number of events featuring Jim al-Khalili, including his talk on The Golden Age of Arabic Science.

Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE is a physicist and award-winning science communicator. He presents the weekly BBC Radio 4 show The Life Scientific.

He is a leading theoretical physicist based at the University of Surrey, where he holds a personal chair in physics and the first University of Surrey chair in the public engagement in science; he is also vice president and trustee of the British Science Association. He has written a number of popular science books, translated so far into 13 languages, with his most recent being Paradox: The Nine Greatest Enigmas in SciencePathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science was praised by theGuardian for ‘bringing alive the bubbling invention and delighted curiosity of the Islamic world’.

He has also presented a number of television and radio documentaries including the BAFTA nominatedChemistry: A Volatile History and The Secret Life of Chaos (winner of Best Film Award at the 2010 International Science Films Festival in Athens).

He is a senior advisor to the British Council on science and technology, a member of the Royal Society’s Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel and a member of Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s Societal Issues Panel. In 2008, he became the youngest ever recipient of the Royal Society’s Michael Faraday prize for science communication.

An overwhelming and memorable success
Dr Derek Casey, 
World Leisure Organization

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