I’m delighted to announce that I have won another award for Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights.
“The award recognises those who exemplify excellence in outreach to the general public through the communication of plasma physics to those that are non-experts.”
I am a plasma physicist and the aurora is a plasma, so there is plenty about plasmas in my book!
I am a member of the Institute of Physics Plasma Group (as are all recipients of the prize) and it’s wonderful to have my work recognised by the community, especially that it has an impact elsewhere. I didn’t write the book just for scientists. I really wanted to open this beautiful subject up to the general public, particularly to people who may never even have heard of plasma. There is some serious science in the book, woven in with the stories of my travels and the people I met, the art, the history and the culture. I hope this gives people a new appreciation for science in general and plasma in particular.