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Professor Hal Sosabowski - The Bigger Bang! Show: Fission Impossible

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  • Date 29 Oct 2018
  • Time 6.00-7.00pm
  • Category Lecture

All are welcome to this free public lecture.

Professor Hal Sosabowski is a RHUL alumnus twice over, B.Sc. Chemistry 1984-1987 and PhD in Chemistry 1987-1991.

He is well known for his Bigger Bang! science show which he takes around the world notably to Europe, Russia and the Middle East. He is also the only person to have caused explosions in Parliament (with permission), and unlike Guido Fawkes, Professor Hal’s explosions *did* work.

The Bigger Bang! show is an exhibition science event with learning outcomes all the way. Recently back from Moscow, Hal and his team will be bringing their unique brand of high end exhibition chemistry to the Royal Holloway to honour the memory of his mentor, Professor Jack Pridham. With demonstrations such as the Phosphorus Sun, the Belousov-Zhabotinski Reaction, Chemiluminescence with Oxalate Esters, the Helium/SF6 choir, the Exploding Bottle, Supersonic Hydrox explosions and burning biscuits in Liquid Oxygen, not to mention Cryogenic Capers with Liquid Nitrogen – a must for the discerning chemist and science connoisseur.

Professor Hal is Professor of Public Understanding of Science at the University of Brighton and contributes regularly to national and international science events as well as national TV and radio. He has worked with Professor Brian Cox, Professor Lord Robert Winston, Jamie Oliver, Stephen Mulhearne and Holly Willoughby and Professor Jim Al-Khalili. Most recently he has just completed his seventh season of the twice-BAFTA-winning CBBC series Operation Ouch!. He is the patron saint of James O’Brien’s Mystery Hour and resident science contributor for LBC.

Jack Pridham - Phosphorus Sun

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