Helen Czerski

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Helen Czerski
Helen Czerski at Thinking Digital 2012.jpg
Helen Czerski at Thinking Digital 2012
Born (1978-11-01) 1 November 1978 (age 38)[1]
Manchester, England[2]
Institutions University of Cambridge
University of Toronto
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Graduate School of Oceanography (University of Rhode Island)[3][4]
University of Southampton
University College London
Alma mater Churchill College, Cambridge
Thesis Ignition of HMX and RDX (2006)
Known for Oceanography
Television presenter

Helen Czerski (born 1 November 1978) is a physicist and oceanographer. She is currently a Research Fellow in the department of mechanical engineering at University College London.[5][6][7] She was previously at the Institute for Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southampton.[8]

Helen Czerski presenting a slide of herself drawing a coccolithophore with chalk at the 2013 Cambridge Science Festival


Czerski was brought up in Altrincham, near Manchester and educated at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls.[9] She is of Polish ancestry. She graduated from Churchill College, Cambridge with degrees Master of Arts and Master of Science in Natural Sciences (Physics) and a PhD[10] in experimental explosives physics, particularly Research Department Explosive (RDX).[2]


Czerski is a regular science presenter for the BBC. Her programmes have included:

  • Orbit: Earth's Extraordinary Journey, a three-part series on BBC Two, March 2012, co-presented with Kate Humble.[11]
  • Operation Iceberg, a two-part series on BBC Two, October 2012.[12]
  • The Transit of Venus, BBC Two, June 2012, Horizon.[13]
  • Stargazing Challenges, BBC Two.
  • Dara Ó Briain's Science Club, BBC Two.
  • The Secret Life of the Sun, BBC Two, July 2013.[14]
  • Pop! The Science of Bubbles, BBC Four, April 2013.[15]
  • The £10 Million Challenge, a Horizon which launched the Longitude Prize 2014.[16]
  • What's Wrong with Our Weather?, July 2014, Horizon, co-presented with meteorologist John Hammond, which examined the possible causes of Britain's recent extreme weather and what connects all the recent extreme winters.[17]
  • Super Senses: The Secret Power of Animals, August 2014, a three-part series for BBC Two.[18]
  • Colour: The Spectrum Of Science, November 2015, a three-part series for BBC Four on the 15 colours that tell the story of the Earth, life and scientific discovery.[19]
  • Dangerous Earth, November 2016, a six-part series for the BBC showing how new camera technology is revealing the inner workings of the Earth's most spectacular natural wonders.
  • The Infinite Monkey Cage, BBC Radio 4, 16 January 2017.
  • Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics, March 2017, a two-part series.

She has also appeared on the Museum of Curiosity (BBC Radio 4).

Czerski has a regular column in BBC Focus magazine and was shortlisted in for columnist of the year at the 2014 PPA Awards.[20]



Czerski is a regular contributor to BBC Focus magazine in the column 'Everyday Science' and the Wall Street Journal in the column 'Everday Physics'.[21]


Czerski's research[22] focuses on ocean bubbles, bubble acoustics, air-sea gas transfer and ocean bubble optics.[8][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33][34]


  1. ^ "KM Cruise Participants" Check |url= value (help). UC Santa Barbara Department of Geography. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Helen Czerski biography". Helenczerski.net. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "News - University of Rhode Island". Uri.edu. 2010-01-21. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  4. ^ "Helen Czerski". Helen Czerski. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  5. ^ Clayton, Jeremy. "Government seeks your views about how to spend £6bn on science | Jeremy Clayton | Science". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  6. ^ "Iris View Profile". Iris.ucl.ac.uk. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  7. ^ Chambers, Chris (2014-06-10). "Physics envy: Do 'hard' sciences hold the solution to the replication crisis in psychology? | Chris Chambers | Science". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  8. ^ a b "Dr Helen Czerski :: University of Southampton". Southampton.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Bowen, Rick (8 March 2012). "Altrincham raised scientist fronting major BBC series". Messenger Newspapers. 
  10. ^ Czerski, Helen (2006). Ignition of HMX and RDX (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. 
  11. ^ "BBC Two -Orbit: Earth's Extraordinary Journey, Episode 1". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "BBC Two - Operation Iceberg". BBC. 
  13. ^ "BBC Two - Horizon, 2011-2012, The Transit of Venus". BBC. 
  14. ^ "BBC Two - The Secret Life of the Sun". BBC. 
  15. ^ "TV work". Helen Czerski. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  16. ^ "BBC Two - Horizon, The 拢10 Million Challenge". BBC. 
  17. ^ "BBC Two -Horizon: What's Wrong with Our Weather?". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "BBC - New BBC Two NHU series explores super senses of animal world in Beyond Human - Media centre". bbc.co.uk. 
  19. ^ "BBC -". bbc.co.uk. 
  20. ^ "PPA Awards 2014". Professional Publishers Association. 10 July 2014. Archived from the original on 22 August 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  21. ^ As at https://www.wsj.com/news/types/everyday-physics.
  22. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  23. ^ Vagle, S.; Gemmrich, J.; Czerski, H. (2012). "Reduced upper ocean turbulence and changes to bubble size distributions during large downward heat flux events". Journal of Geophysical Research. 117. doi:10.1029/2011JC007308. 
  24. ^ Twardowski, M.; Zhang, X.; Vagle, S.; Sullivan, J.; Freeman, S.; Czerski, H.; You, Y.; Bi, L.; Kattawar, G. (2012). "The optical volume scattering function in a surf zone inverted to derive sediment and bubble particle subpopulations". Journal of Geophysical Research. 117. doi:10.1029/2011JC007347. 
  25. ^ Czerski, H. (2012). "An Inversion of Acoustical Attenuation Measurements to Deduce Bubble Populations". Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology. 29 (8): 1139–1148. Bibcode:2012JAtOT..29.1139C. doi:10.1175/JTECH-D-11-00170.1. 
  26. ^ Czerski, H.; Twardowski, M.; Zhang, X.; Vagle, S. (2011). "Resolving size distributions of bubbles with radii less than 30μm with optical and acoustical methods". Journal of Geophysical Research. 116. doi:10.1029/2011JC007177. 
  27. ^ Czerski, H.; Vagle, S.; Farmer, D. M.; Hall-Patch, N. (2011). "Improvements to the methods used to measure bubble attenuation using an underwater acoustical resonator". The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 130 (5): 3421–3430. doi:10.1121/1.3569723. PMID 22088016. 
  28. ^ Czerski, H. (2011). "A candidate mechanism for exciting sound during bubble coalescence". The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 129 (3): EL83–EL88. doi:10.1121/1.3553175. PMID 21428472. 
  29. ^ Czerski, H.; Deane, G. B. (2011). "The effect of coupling on bubble fragmentation acoustics". The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 129 (1): 74–84. doi:10.1121/1.3514416. PMID 21302989. 
  30. ^ Czerski, H.; Deane, G. B. (2010). "Contributions to the acoustic excitation of bubbles released from a nozzle". The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 128 (5): 2625–2634. doi:10.1121/1.3484087. PMID 21110560. 
  31. ^ Deane, G. B.; Czerski, H. (2008). "A mechanism stimulating sound production from air bubbles released from a nozzle". The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 123 (6): EL126–EL132. doi:10.1121/1.2908198. PMID 18537298. 
  32. ^ Czerski, H.; Brown, L. M. (2008). "Application of the slip circle construction to a spherical indenter". Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics. 41 (7): 074001. doi:10.1088/0022-3727/41/7/074001. 
  33. ^ Czerski, H.; Proud, W. G. (2007). "Relationship between the morphology of granular cyclotrimethylene-trinitramine and its shock sensitivity". Journal of Applied Physics. 102 (11): 113515. Bibcode:2007JAP...102k3515C. doi:10.1063/1.2818106. 
  34. ^ Czerski, H.; Greenaway, M. W.; Proud, W. G.; Field, J. E. (2004). "Β-δ phase transition during dropweight impact on cyclotetramethylene-tetranitroamine". Journal of Applied Physics. 96 (8): 4131. Bibcode:2004JAP....96.4131C. doi:10.1063/1.1790067. 

External links[edit]

External media
“Episode 1, Dr Helen Czerski & Clive Thompson”, Ada Lovelace Day Podcast
“Bubble Physicist Helen Czerski”, University of Rhode Island
“CS4 Interview: Helen Czerski ”, University of Southampton