Brady Haran

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Brady Haran
Brady Haran 01.jpg
Haran at the Dead Sea, 2013
Born (1976-06-18) June 18, 1976 (age 38)
Adelaide, Australia
Residence Bristol, United Kingdom
Nationality Australian

Brady John Haran is an Australian independent film-maker and video journalist who is known for his educational videos and documentary films produced for BBC News and for his YouTube channels.[1][2]


Haran studied journalism for a year before being hired by The Adelaide Advertiser. In 2002 he moved from Australia to Nottingham, United Kingdom. In Nottingham he worked for the BBC, began to work with film, and reported for East Midlands Today, BBC News Online and various BBC radio stations.[3][4][5]

In 2007 Haran worked as a filmmaker-in-residence for Nottingham Science City,[3][6] as part of an agreement between the BBC and The University of Nottingham.[7] His "Test Tube" project started with the idea of producing a documentary about scientists and their research, but he decided to upload his raw footage to YouTube; from that point "Periodic Videos" and "Sixty Symbols" were developed.[3][6] Haran then left the BBC to work full-time making YouTube videos.[8]

Following "Test Tube", Haran decided to create new YouTube channels.[3] In his first 5 years as an independent film-maker he made over 1500 videos.[8] In 2012 he was the producer, editor, and interviewer behind 12 YouTube channels[8] such as The Periodic Table of Videos,[9] Sixty Symbols and Numberphile.[3] Haran's The Periodic Table of Videos, with Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff, received the Royal Society of Chemistry Nyholm Prize for Education in 2013.[10] He is also the co-host of the podcast Hello Internet, along with YouTube educator CGP Grey.


Working with professor Poliakoff, Haran's videos in explaining chemistry and science for non-technical persons received positive recognition.[1] Together, they have made over 500 short videos that cover the elements and other chemistry related topics. Their YouTube channel has had more than 35 million views.[11] Their Gold Bullion Vault, shot in the vaults of The Bank of England, was released December 7, 2012, and received more than two million hits in the next two months.[12][13] Also, Haran and Poliakoff authored an article in the Nature Chemistry journal[14] and an essay on Science journal[15] discussing the impact of The Periodic Table of Videos.

YouTube Channels[edit]

  • BackstageScience
  • Bibledex
  • BradyStuff
  • Computerphile
  • Deep Sky Videos
  • FavScientist
  • Foodskey
  • Nottingham Science
  • Numberphile
  • Objectivity
  • Periodic Videos
  • PsyFile
  • PhilosophyFile
  • Sixty Symbols
  • Words of the World


  • 2004 – BBC Ruby Television Awards Silver[16]
  • 2005 – BBC Ruby Television Awards Gold for 'Best Audience Generated Content'[17]
  • 2007 – BBC Ruby Television Awards Silver for work on the real life soap opera Alexandra Road[18]
  • 2008 – The Stevie Award (International Business Award) for 'Best Public Information/Interactive and Multimedia' for The University of Nottingham website[19]
  • 2008 – IChemE Petronas Award for 'Excellence in Education and Training' for The Periodic Table of Videos[20]
  • 2008 – European Excellence Award for 'Podcast' for An Element for Christmas[21]
  • 2011 – Science Magazine's Prize for 'Online Resources in Education' for The Periodic Table of Videos[20]
  • 2011 – Creativity International Platinum Award for 'New Media' for The Periodic Table of Videos [22]
  • 2012 – Webby Award for 'Reality Online Film & Video' for The Periodic Table of Videos [23][24]



  1. ^ a b Chemical Sciences Roundtable, National Research Council (2011). Chemistry in Primetime and Online: Communicating Chemistry in Informal Environments. National Academies Press. pp. 47–49, 54. ISBN 9780309187701. OCLC 756496720. 
  2. ^ "Brady Haran's website". Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Gurney, James (February 14, 2012). "Impact Speaks To Brady Haran". Impact. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ "iCan reporter: Brady Haran". BBC. July 2004. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Quick chat with Brady – Numberphile Live". YouTube – Numberphile. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Nottingham science stories win international award". The University of Nottingham. August 2008. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Test Tube". Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c Starke, Petra (January 29, 2013). "YouTube 'how to' videos increasingly popular in Australia". Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  9. ^ OCLC 310981502 and 731853864
  10. ^ Poliakoff, Martyn; Haran, Brady (January 2013). "From Test Tube to YouTube". Royal Society of Chemistry. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Haran's YouTube Channel". YouTube. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Inside the Bank of England's gold bullion vault". The Daily Telegraph. December 10, 2012. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  13. ^ Usborne, Simon (January 30, 2013). "How to explain absolutely anything: Academics pick apart mysteries of the cosmos on YouTube". The Independent. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  14. ^ Haran, B.; Poliakoff, M. (2011). "How to measure the impact of chemistry on the small screen". Nature Chemistry 3 (3): 180–182. doi:10.1038/nchem.990. ISSN 1755-4330. OCLC 4795274937. PMID 21336314.  edit
  15. ^ Haran, B.; Poliakoff, M. (2011). "The Periodic Table of Videos". Science 332 (6033): 1046–1047. doi:10.1126/science.1196980. ISSN 0036-8075. OCLC 4898209818. PMID 21617067.  edit
  16. ^ Haran, Brady. "Brady Haran - video journalist & film-maker". Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "BBC 2006 review". BBC Press Office. 2006. pp. 16, 17. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Watch again: Alexandra Road". BBC. November 26, 2007. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  19. ^ and "2008 International Business Awards Honorees". 2008. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  20. ^ a b "Periodic tables professor Martyn Poliakoff is cult hit". BBC News. February 25, 2012. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  21. ^ "What element do you want for Christmas (with video)". This is Nottingham. December 15, 2008. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  22. ^ "41st Annual Creativity International Awards". Creativity International Awards. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  23. ^ "16th Annual Webby Awards Nominees & Winners". The Webby Awards. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Some photos from the Webbys". Periodic Videos – Video Journalist Brady Haran. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 

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