Professor Frank Close OBE is Professor of Theoretical Physics at Oxford University and a Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. He has been Fellow of the Institute of Physics since 1991, and was awarded the Kelvin Medal in 1996 for his contributions to the Public Understanding of Physics.
He has published over 200 research papers on theoretical particle physics, specializing in the quark theory of matter, as well as 10 popular and award winning books on science. He is currently an advisor to CERN on their experimental programme, where he was Head of Communications from 1998-2001.
He presented science on BBC World Service for over 20 years, and has lectured in every continent except Antarctica. He has also made numerous television appearances, notably to present the televised Royal Institution Christmas lectures in 1993.
In 2000, he was awarded the OBE for Services to Research and the Public Understanding of Science.