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Jen Gupta
Jennifer Ann Gupta
Alma materUniversity of Manchester
OrganizationUniversity of Portsmouth
Known for
Websitejengupta.com Edit this at Wikidata

Jennifer Ann Gupta, known as Jen, is an astrophysicist and science communicator based at the University of Portsmouth. She has presented on Tomorrow's World on the BBC.


Gupta grew up in Winchester and completed her A-Levels at Peters Symonds Sixth Form College.[1] She completed her master's degree at the University of Manchester, before beginning a PhD at the university's Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics.[2] She earned her PhD "Multiwavelength Studies of Radio-loud Active Galactic Nuclei in the Fermi Era" in 2012.[3]


Jen interviewing Brian Cox on The Jodcast

Gupta began science communication during her PhD, taking a major role in The Jodcast[4] and performing astronomy-inspired stand-up comedy on stage at Bright Club, in Manchester[5] and at London's Bloomsbury Theatre.[6] That year she completed a daylong road trip to see the seven MERLIN telescopes in a day.[7] Gupta is involved with the training of UK-based physics teachers.[8][9] She has the co-hosted a number of episodes of the BBC's Tomorrow's World.[10][11]

In 2016 she featured in a series of portraits commissioned by the Royal Astronomical Society celebrating leading women in astronomy.[12] That year, she gave an invited talk at the Royal Institution "The invisible night sky".[13] She delivers regular talks at astronomical societies around the South East of England.[14][15][16] In 2015 she hosted Stargazing Live from the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.[17]

Alongside public talks about astronomy, Gupta is interested in science comedy.[18] That year she hosted BAHFest, a celebration of well-argued but incorrect scientific theory.[19][20] Gupta is the founder and co-host of the Astronomy podcast Seldom Sirius.[21]

In 2011 she won I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here![22] Gupta joined the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth in 2012. She is responsible for outreach, public engagement and evaluation.[23] Gupta typically works with 10,000 school children and members of the public each year.[24]


  1. ^ "About Me". Dr Jen Gupta. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Outreach Officers - SEPnet". SEPnet. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  3. ^ Ann, Gupta, Jennifer (17 September 2012). "Multiwavelength Studies of Radio-loud Active Galactic Nuclei in the Fermi Era". www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk. Retrieved 13 February 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Jodcast archive". jodcast.net. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Bright Club Manchester 4 - Family". Manchester Beacon. Archived from the original on 20 February 2018. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  6. ^ Jennifer Gupta (22 November 2011), Bright Club Stars: Jen Gupta, retrieved 13 February 2018
  7. ^ jodcast (10 November 2011), The e-MERLIN Roadtrip, retrieved 13 February 2018
  8. ^ "Physics in Action - The Training Partnership". The Training Partnership. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Ogden Science Officers". www.ogdentrust.com. Archived from the original on 14 February 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Tomorrow's World: Me and My Robot". BBC. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Tomorrow's World Live - Move to Mars". BBC. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Portsmouth astrophysicist features in leading women portraits | UoP News". uopnews.port.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 14 April 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  13. ^ "The invisible night sky". Archived from the original on 14 April 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  14. ^ "Andover Astronomical Society". www.andoverastronomy.org.uk. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  15. ^ "Events". Dr Jen Gupta. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  16. ^ "Dr Jennifer Gupta: Radio Astronomy, Quasars and Black Holes". Isle of Wight Cafe Scientifique. 24 September 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Stargazing Live 2015 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard". Eventbrite. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  18. ^ "An Evening Of Unnecessary Detail at Backyard Comedy Club". www.tickettext.co.uk. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  19. ^ "BAHFest London". Eventbrite. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  20. ^ BAHFest (17 May 2016), BAHFest London - Big Science - Jen Gupta: Fixing the World, retrieved 13 February 2018
  21. ^ "Seldom Sirius Podcast". seldomsirius.net. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  22. ^ "What Jennifer Gupta did with her prize money… - About I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here". About I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  23. ^ "Jen Gupta". www.icg.port.ac.uk. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  24. ^ "Introducing Jen Gupta". astrotweeps. 4 July 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2018.

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