Jem Stansfield

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Jem Stansfield

Jem Stansfield is an engineer and television presenter, currently working in the United Kingdom. He is best known for presenting the BBC One science show Bang Goes the Theory.


Stansfield has a degree in aeronautics from Bristol University and before his television career worked: in a Czech school, as a shepherd in the Australian outback, and briefly in stand-up comedy.[1] Stansfield was an on-screen ballistics expert for the television show Scrapheap Challenge and went on to become a permanent part of the engineering team for subsequent series.[2][3]

Among his inventions are a compressed-air powered motorcycle, and boots that walk on water (for which he won a New Scientist prize).[4][5]

In 2010 Stansfield used vacuum cleaners to create "Spider-Man style" climbing gloves, climbing 30 feet up a brick wall.[4][5][6] He also drove a modified 1988 Volkswagen Scirocco 210 miles from London to Manchester using coffee granules for fuel.[7][8][9]


Year Title Credit Notes
2006 Scrapheap Challenge Staff Engineer Briefly credit as "Ballistics Expert"
2001-2003 Science Shack Presenter
2002-2003 Home On Their Own Inventor / Engineer[1]
2004 Zero to Hero Engineer
2006 Men in White
2006 Wild Thing: I Love You Presenter / Aeronautical Engineer
2008 Planet Mechanics Presenter 8 episodes
2009 - 2014 Bang Goes the Theory, Presenter / Head of Engineering 49 episodes
2010 Explosions: How We Shook the World Presenter Documentary
2010 Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention Science correspondent
2011 Big, Bigger, Biggest Presenter / Engineer 4 episodes
2012 Horizon Presenter April 2012 episode entitled "Stuff: A Horizon Guide to Materials"
2012 Stargazing Challenges Presenter
2013 Newsround Judge for "You Too Could be an Absolute Genius" segment
Year Title Credit Notes
1998 Lost in Space[1] Special effects technician For Magic Camera Company
1998 The Avengers[1] Special effects
2004 Van Helsing Special effects


  1. ^ a b c d Grimshaw, Vicki (2002-07-06). "Wacky Inventor Jem Stansfield Creates Amazing Gadgets to Make Kids' Dreams Come True in a New TV Series". Daily Mirror. HighBeam Research. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  2. ^ "BIOGRAPHIES: Planet Mechanics". National Geographic Channel. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  3. ^ Gould, Julie (November 2013). "Speaking to... Jem Stansfield". Speaking of Science. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  4. ^ a b Hough, Andrew (2010-02-16). "Jem Stansfield: 'human spiderman' scales 30 ft wall using only vacuum cleaner suctions". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  5. ^ a b Kelly, Tom (2010-02-16). "So long suckers! Human fly scales wall using two vacuum cleaners he bought at Tesco". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  6. ^ Nosowitz, Dan (2009-07-25). "British Man Climbs Up Side of Building Using DIY Vacuum Gloves". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  7. ^ "Coffee-powered car breaks down after running out of caffeine". The Daily Mail. 2010-03-12. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  8. ^ "Bang goes the coffee in drive for science in Manchester". BBC News. 2010-03-11. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  9. ^ "TV host's coffee car nears finish". Metro. 2010-03-11. Retrieved 2014-03-18.

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