Jonathan Hare

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Jonathan Hare is a British physicist, science communicator and television presenter. He achieved a first from the University of Surrey, and worked with Harry Kroto at the University of Sussex for his PhD.

While Jonathan worked in Sir Harry's group for his PhD he was one of the first people to make and extract C60, Buckminsterfullerene, the soccer ball shaped molecule. The discovery of the Fullerenes,[1] as they became known, opened up a new field of carbon nanotechnology. Both Sir Harry and Jonathan Hare spent time enthusing about the discovery to audiences of all ages as part of Sussex University's science outreach. During this time Jonathan set-up The Creative Science Centre,[2] (see links below), a web site and range of science-based activities aimed to get more people making things within science.

Jonathan Hare has worked behind the scenes on a number of television shows, as well as being one of the team of scientists on Rough Science and co-presenting Hollywood Science with Robert Llewellyn. He worked with the Vega Science Trust,[3] an educational charity set up in 1994 by Sir Harry Kroto with the aim of promoting science via television and the internet. Jonathan has recorded a set of modules for teachers or as part of internet workshops.[4] Recently he has contributed to the GEOSET educational project and created a number of popular science education videos. Jonathan's YouTube windmill video for example has had over 2 million hits.[5]

He presents about 100 talks and workshops a year both in the UK and abroad.[6] He has written a regular series for the Royal Society of Chemistry as well as published in reviewed journals (e.g. Physics Education, Institute of Physics) as well as in science and electronics magazines (e.g. Practical Wireless and Elektor).[7] He co-presents workshops at the Brighton Science Festival (Brighton, UK) with the festival's creator Richard Robinson, reaching hundreds of children in many schools.

Jonathan is a member of the Institute of Physics (IOP), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB). In 2000 Jonathan was awarded a NESTA Fellowship, in 2002 awarded an IOP Public Awareness of Physics Award and in 2006 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Jonathan (G1EXG) has been a licensed radio amateur since 1984.

His current[when?] workshops include:[8]

  • 'Voice on a Light Beam' - modulating light to carry your own voice as a message.
  • 'C60, Buckyball Workshop' - learn about the Nobel Prize winning molecule and discover the structure by making a molecular model.
  • 'The Baghdad Battery' - electrochemistry, cells and what some claim to be a 2000 year old Mesopotamian battery!

Current talks include:[9]

  • 'The Carbon Revolution' - a science tour taking us from space, stars, C60, structures and a Nobel Prize.
  • 'Some Science of Breaking Bad' - could Walt's science be as powerful as his own transformation?
  • 'The Science of Your Mobile Phone' - exploring the science and technology of telephones.
  • 'The Science of Skateboarding and Longboarding'.

External links[edit]

Selected publications[edit]

Cascode pre-selector for 80m band, J. P. Hare, Practical Wireless, July. 2016

C60 Buckminsterfullerene: Some Inside Stories, Jonathan Hare's Chapter A10 - A PhD student's account of the C60 story 2015 Book edited by Harry Kroto, Pan Stanford Publishing Pte. Ltd. ISBN 978-981-4463-71-3 (Hardcover), ISBN 978-981-4463-72-0 (eBook)

Simple analysis of longboard speedometer data, J P Hare, Journal of Physics Education, IOP press, 48 (2013) 723-730.

Special Issue of Chemical Physics Letters - Nobel Prize articles, J P Hare, R Taylor and H W Kroto, Chemical Physics Letters 589 (2013) 56

Simple demonstration to explore the radio waves generated by a mobile phone, J P Hare, Journal of Physics Education, IOP press, 45 (2010) p. 481

Voice on a Sunbeam, J. P. Hare, Journal of Physics Education, IOP press, (2004) p. 242-246

Preparation and UV / visible Spectra of Fullerenes C60 and C70, J. P. Hare, H. W. Kroto, R. Taylor, Chem. Phys. Lett., 1991, 177, 394-398.

Isolation, Separation and Characterisation of the Fullerenes C60 and C70: The Third Form of Carbon, R. Taylor, J. P. Hare, A. K. Abdul-Sada, H. W. Kroto, J. Chem. Soc., Chemical Communications., 1990, 1423-1425