Robert Matthews (scientist)

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Robert Matthews

Robert A.J. Matthews
(1959-09-23) 23 September 1959 (age 55)

Carshalton, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Alma mater Corpus Christi College

Robert A.J. Matthews, born 23 September 1959, is a British physicist, mathematician, computer scientist, and journalist.

Robert Matthews read Physics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, where he graduated in 1981. He is currently Visiting Reader in Science at the Department of Information Engineering, Aston University.

Matthews is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a Chartered Physicist, a Member of the Institute of Physics, and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

In December 2005, Matthews had 43 refereed academic publications and four contributed chapters in research areas including mathematics, statistics, encryption algorithms, neural networks, geophysics and astronomy.[1]

Matthews is a distinguished science journalist. He is currently anchorman for the science magazine BBC Focus, and a freelance columnist for the Financial Times. In the past, he has been science correspondent for The Sunday Telegraph, technology correspondent for The Times, and a freelance contributor to The Economist. Amongst other professional awards, in 2000, he was awarded Feature Writer of the Year by the Association of British Science Writers.[2]

Matthews is also the author of three successful popular science books, 25 Big Ideas in Science (2005),[3] Q&A: Cosmic Conundrums and Everyday Mysteries of Science (2005)[4] and Unravelling the Mind of God: Mysteries at the Frontiers of Science (London: Virgin 1992).[5]

In 1996, Matthews received an Ig Nobel Prize for his paper Tumbling toast, Murphy's Law and the fundamental constants.[6][7]


  1. ^ Robert Matthews' academic CV
  2. ^ Robert Matthews' media CV
  3. ^ Matthews, Robert (2005). 25 Big Ideas in Science. Oneworld Publications. ISBN 978-1-851-68391-8. OCLC 61129937. 
  4. ^ Matthews, Robert (2005). Q&A: Cosmic Conundrums and Everyday Mysteries of Science (Sunday Telegraph). Oneworld Publications. ISBN 978-1-851-68399-4. OCLC 63134341. 
  5. ^ Matthews, Robert (1992). Unravelling the Mind of God: Mysteries at the Frontiers of Science. London: Virgin Publishing. ISBN 978-1-852-27362-0. OCLC 28182916. 
  6. ^ Matthews, R. A. J. (1995). "Tumbling toast, Murphy's Law and the fundamental constants". European Journal of Physics 16 (4): 172–176. Bibcode:1995EJPh...16..172M. doi:10.1088/0143-0807/16/4/005. 
  7. ^ "Winners of the Ig Nobel Prize". Improbable Research. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 

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