Alice Roberts

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Alice Roberts
Alice Roberts -West Hanney, Oxfordshire, England -archaeology rally-11Sept2010-2.jpg
Roberts in 2010
Born Alice May Roberts
(1973-05-19) 19 May 1973 (age 41)[1]
Bristol, England
Fields
  • Anatomist
  • Paleopathologist
  • Osteoarchaeologist
  • Anthropologist
  • Television presenter
  • Author
Institutions University of Birmingham
National Health Service
British Broadcasting Corporation
University of Wales
University of Bristol
Known for
Website
www.alice-roberts.co.uk
twitter.com/draliceroberts

Alice May Roberts (born 19 May 1973[1][2]) is an English anatomist, osteoarchaeologist, anthropologist, paleopathologist, television presenter and author.[3][4] She is the Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham.

Early life and education[edit]

Roberts was born in Bristol in 1973, and attended The Red Maids' School in Westbury-on-Trym, North Bristol.[2][5][6] In December 1988 she won the BBC1 Blue Peter Young Artists competition, appearing with her picture and the then presenters on the front cover of 10 December 1988 edition of the Radio Times.[7]

She was a medical student at University of Wales College of Medicine (then part of the University of Wales, now part of Cardiff University) and qualified in 1997 as a physician with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MB BCh) having gained an intercalated Bachelor of Science in anatomy.[5][8][9]

Research[edit]

After graduating in 1997, Roberts worked in clinical medicine as a junior physician with the National Health Service in South Wales for 18 months. In 1998 she left clinical medicine and worked as an anatomy demonstrator in the Anatomy Department at the University of Bristol, becoming a lecturer there in 1999.[2][5][10]

She spent more than seven years working part-time on her PhD in paleopathology, the study of disease in ancient human remains, receiving the degree in 2008.[2][5][11] She worked as Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Bristol Centre for Comparative and Clinical Anatomy where her main roles were teaching clinical anatomy, embryology, and physical anthropology, as well as researching osteoarchaeology and paleopathology.[5][8][12] She stated in 2009 that she was working towards becoming a professor of anatomy.[13]

From August 2009 until January 2012, she was a Visiting Fellow in both the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Department of Anatomy of the University of Bristol.[8][14][15]

In February 2012, Roberts took up a new post as the University of Birmingham's first Professor of Public Engagement in Science.[16][17][18]

She is currently the Director of Anatomy for the National Health Service Severn Deanery Postgraduate School of Surgery, and is also an Honorary Fellow of Hull York Medical School.[19][20]

Television career[edit]

A presenter on various science documentary programmes, Roberts first appeared on television in the Time Team Live 2001 episode,[21] working on Anglo-Saxon burials at Breamore, Hampshire. She has since served as a bone specialist and general presenter in many episodes, including the spin-off series Extreme Archaeology. In August 2006, the Time Team special episode Big Royal Dig investigated the archaeology of Britain's royal palaces, and Roberts was one of the main presenters for this programme. She bought an old lime green Volkswagen van from Mick Aston,[9] who was then the professor of landscape archaeology at the University of Bristol and lead archaeologist of the Time Team TV series,[22] and this vehicle appeared in some episodes of Coast.[23]

Now a familiar face on British TV, Alice Roberts is one of the regular co-presenters of BBC geographical and environmental series Coast.[24] Also, Roberts wrote and presented a BBC Two series on anatomy and health entitled Dr Alice Roberts: Don't Die Young, which screened from January 2007. More recently, she presented a five-part BBC Two series on human evolution and early human migrations entitled The Incredible Human Journey, beginning on 10 May 2009.[25] In September 2009, she co-presented (with Mark Hamilton) A Necessary Evil?, one-hour documentary about the Burke and Hare murders.[26]

In August 2010 she presented another one-hour documentary on BBC Four, Wild Swimming, inspired by Roger Deakin’s book Waterlog.[27] Roberts presented a six-part BBC Two series on archaeology in August–September 2010, Digging For Britain.[28][29] Roberts explained, "We’re taking a fresh approach by showing British archaeology as it's happening out in the field, from the excitement of artefacts as they come out of the ground, through to analysing them in the lab and working out what they tell us about human history.’"[30]

In March 2011 she presented a BBC documentary in the Horizon series entitled Are We Still Evolving?[31] She also presented the series Origins of Us, which aired on BBC Two in October 2011, examining how the human body has adapted through seven million years of evolution.[32] The last part of this series featured Roberts visiting the Rift Valley.

From 22 to 24 October 2012, she appeared, with co-presenter Dr George McGavin in the BBC series Prehistoric Autopsy,[33] which discussed the remains of early hominids such as Neanderthals, Homo erectus, and Australopithecus afarensis. In May and June 2013, she presented the BBC Two series Ice Age Giants.[34]

Personal life[edit]

Roberts in 2007

Roberts lives near Bristol with her daughter, son and husband,[35] whom she met in Cardiff in 1997 when she was a medical student and he was an archaeology student.[2][8][13][24][36] She is a vegetarian[37] and an atheist.[38]

Roberts enjoys watercolour painting, surfing, cycling, gardening, and pub quizzes.[2] Roberts is an organiser of the Cheltenham Science Festival and school outreach programmes within the University of Bristol's Medical Sciences Division.[5] In March 2007, she hosted the Bristol Medical School's charity dance show Clicendales 2007, to raise funds for the charity CLIC Sargent.[39]

Roberts took her baby daughter with her when touring for the six-months filming of Digging for Britain.[30]

Roberts is a humanist and a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association.[40]

Selected publications[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Roberts, Alice (2011). Evolution The Human Story. Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 1-4053-6165-4. 
  • Roberts, Alice (2010). The Complete Human Body. Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 1-4053-4749-X. 
  • Roberts, Alice (2009). The Incredible Human Journey. Bloomsbury Publishing plc. ISBN 0-7475-9839-8. 
  • Roberts, Alice (2007). Don't Die Young: An Anatomist's Guide to Your Organs and Your Health. Bloomsbury Publishing plc: London, 2007. ISBN 0-7475-9025-7. 
  • Robson-Brown, Kate; Roberts, Alice M (eds.) (2007). BABAO 2004 : proceedings of the 6th Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology, University of Bristol. British Archaeological Reports. Oxford, England: Archaeopress. ISBN 978-1-4073-0035-1. 

Scientific articles[edit]

Roberts has also authored or co-authored a number of peer reviewed scientific articles in journals.[4][41][42][43][44]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Twitter feed by Roberts. Twitter.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "In the hot seat: Alice Roberts". thisisbristol.co.uk. 11 July 2008. Archived from the original on 13 May 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  3. ^ Alice Roberts at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ a b List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Staff: Dr Alice May Roberts MB BCh BSc PhD". University of Bristol. 24 April 2009. Archived from the original on 14 May 2009. Retrieved 29 May 2009. 
  6. ^ "The Red Maids' School Celebrating 375 Years". Then Red Maids' School. 2009. p. 2. Retrieved 20 October 2009. "This conference ... will be led by former Red Maid and star of BBC's Coast, Dr Alice Roberts ..." 
  7. ^ http://www.radiotimesbacknumbers.com/Category/Radio+Times--3aRT+1980-89--3aRT+1988/12643/Review.aspx
  8. ^ a b c d "University of Bristol: Directory of Experts". University of Bristol. Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  9. ^ a b Channel 4 – Time Team biography. Channel 4.
  10. ^ Carpool web series Carpool interview. 23 May 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  11. ^ Roberts, Alice (2008). Rotator cuff disease in humans and apes: a palaeopathological and evolutionary perspective on shoulder pathology (PhD thesis). University of Bristol. 
  12. ^ "Staff summaries". University of Bristol. 31 March 2009. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 29 May 2009. 
  13. ^ a b Deacon, Michael (5 May 2009). "Interview: Alice Roberts on The Incredible Human Journey". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 17 May 2009. Retrieved 16 May 2009. 
  14. ^ "Research". alice-roberts.co.uk. Archived from the original on 4 October 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  15. ^ "University of Bristol: Contact Directory". Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  16. ^ Dr Alice Roberts talks about her role at the University of Birmingham. YouTube. 20 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "University of Birmingham appoints Alice Roberts as first Professor of Public Engagement in Science". University of Birmingham. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  18. ^ Paton, Graeme (22 January 2012). "Alice Roberts hits out at science 'geeks'". The Daily Telegraph. 
  19. ^ BBC Two – Origins of Us. BBC.co.uk (31 October 2011).
  20. ^ Surgery – Home – Severn Deanery – NHS. Surgery.severndeanery.org.
  21. ^ Time Team Live 2001. Channel 4.
  22. ^ "Professor Mick Aston". University of Bristol. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  23. ^ The Telegraph, 27 March 2013. See sixth question. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  24. ^ a b Coast – BBC website. BBC.
  25. ^ BBC – Press Office – The BBC's Darwin Season press pack: BBC Two. 21 January 2009. Retrieved 12 February 2009.
  26. ^ 'A Necessary Evil?' – BBC page[dead link]
  27. ^ Wild Swimming BBC site, retrieved 14 August 2010. BBC.co.uk (12 August 2012).
  28. ^ "Digging for Britain". BBC TV website. Archived from the original on 11 August 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  29. ^ "Huge Roman coin find for hobbyist". BBC News. 8 July 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  30. ^ a b Hogan, Michael (13 August 2010). "Digging for history... but it's not Time Team". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  31. ^ BBC Horizon Are We Still Evolving?. BBC.co.uk (27 August 2012).
  32. ^ Plunkett, John (18 October 2011). "Origins of Us begins with 1.78m viewers". The Guardian (London). 
  33. ^ "Prehistoric Autopsy". BBC. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  34. ^ Alex Campbell (17 May 2013). "Uncovering the secrets of North America's Ice Age giants". BBC. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  35. ^ Roberts, Alice. "About Me". alice-roberts.co.uk. Archived from the original on 17 August 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  36. ^ Fowler, M., "Just Another Animal? – Dr Alice Roberts discovers how our ancestors colonised the planet." TV Choice magazine, 9–15 May 2009.
  37. ^ Roberts, Alice (30 May 2009). Excess Baggage. Interview with John McCarthy. BBC Radio 4. 
  38. ^ New Humanist Nov/Dec 2012. Rationalist.org.uk (22 October 2012).
  39. ^ Clicendales 2007 – University of Bristol[dead link]
  40. ^ "Dr Alice Roberts: Anatomist, author, broadcaster and distinguished supporter of Humanism". British Humanist Association. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  41. ^ Brown, K. R.; Silver, I. A.; Musgrave, J. H.; Roberts, A. M. (2010). "The use of μCT technology to identify skull fracture in a case involving blunt force trauma". Forensic Science International 206 (1–3): e8–e11. doi:10.1016/j.forsciint.2010.06.013. PMID 20673617.  edit
  42. ^ Lockwood, A. M.; Roberts, A. M. (2007). "The anatomy demonstrator of the future: An examination of the role of the medically-qualified anatomy demonstrator in the context of tomorrow's doctors and modernizing medical careers". Clinical Anatomy 20 (4): 455–459. doi:10.1002/ca.20427. PMID 17072876.  edit
  43. ^ Roberts, A. M.; Peters, T. J.; Robson Brown, K. A. (2007). "New light on old shoulders: palaeopathological patterns of arthropathy and enthesopathy in the shoulder complex". Journal of Anatomy 211 (4): 485–492. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7580.2007.00789.x. PMC 2375834. PMID 17711424.  edit
  44. ^ Roberts, A. M.; Robson-Brown, K.; Musgrave, J. H.; Leslie, I. (2006). "A case of bilateral scapholunate advanced collapse in a Romano-British skeleton from Ancaster". International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 16 (3): 208. doi:10.1002/oa.817.  edit

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