Name: Simeon Balson
Degree course: Physics
Graduation year: 2014
Occupation: Software Engineer
Most useful module: Looking back on it the most useful module for me was Computing in labs. Labs were my first exposure to computing and the experience I gained back then helped me enter the tech industry. That being said, my favourite units were Quantum Physics-related ones.
Tell us about an inspirational Black scientist who's inspired you and why: A Black mathematician that I admired growing up was Katherine Johnson. Her calculations had a significant role in the first manned missions to Space. I found her achievements especially inspiring as she is a Black woman whose successes came during a time where only white males were highly regarded.
The Blackett Lab Family
This project is being led by The Blackett Lab Family, a collective of UK based Black physicists. Our social enterprise is made up of people from a variety of professions and specialisms all over the country, who share a passion for physics and positive representations of the Black community.