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.

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