[WHO.IS] Professor Chris Lintott
Professor Chris Lintott is an English Professor of Astrophysics and Citizen Science lead in the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford and presenter of the BBC's Sky At Night. In October Chris (alongside Grant Miller) gave a SciBar Where Do Aliens Live?
What are you working on at the moment?
Right now I’m sitting in mission control for the Rosetta mission, reporting on its landing of a probe on the surface of a comet. It’s been an incredible and emotional day - a reminder that we really can explore the Solar System!
What led you to become a scientist?
Realising there was still plenty to discover.
What one thing should scientists be doing to make the public more aware/interested/engaged in science?
Talking about science as an ongoing process - we should share our hopes, our dreams, our disasters and our mistakes as well as our results.
If you weren’t/couldn’t be a scientist, what would you like to do?
Theatre director, zookeeper or cocktail barman.
If money was not an object (and neither were metrics) what would you work on?
What I do now, but I’d have many more telescopes. And some more space missions. Are you sure money is no object? We could spend billions in seconds!
What do you think has been the most significant (or best/worst) scientific advancement in the last 10 years?
What one piece of technology could you not live without?
Tell us about a book that you have read recently that you would recommend?
Very much enjoyed Lionel Shriver’s ‘The New Republic’. For science, reread Stephen Jay Gould.
How do you relax?
Reading Stephen Jay Gould. Cooking. Playing real tennis.