Gransha Boys’ High School (1977-82), Bangor Grammar School (1982-84), Queens University Belfast (1984-88)
Engineer in Bombardier Aerospace (1988 -2006), Armagh Planetarium (2006- present)
Science Education Director
I explain the amazing worlds of astronomy and space sciences to everyone and anyone.
My Typical Day
I explore space from my desk and tell people about it!
What I'd do with the money
Buy a telescope for showing the public the wonders of the Universe!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Aging Shedon Cooper
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Kate Bush (I’m that old I’m afraid)
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Played Lego with my daughter!
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Once or twice.
What was your favourite subject at school?
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Any time I explain something complex and I see them have the “Ahh I get!” experience.
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
Doctor Who (really)
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Can I have a time machine please? Can I have a starship? Can I know if there’s intelligent life anywhere in space?
Tell us a joke.
Two spiral galaxies walk into a pub. The first one goes up to the bar and asks for two drinks, one for him and one for his friend. The barman looks suspiciously at the second spiral galaxy and says “I’m sorry but I can’t serve your friend, he’ll have to go.” The first spiral galaxy complains, “Why can’t you serve him?” The barman replies, “He’s barred.”