Name: Sophie Martin
Degree: MSci Physics
Graduation year: 2020
Current role: PhD student
Most useful module: I took Computational Physics in 3rd year which was one of my favourite and most useful modules because it exposed me to the core mathematical and physics-based ideas that underpin many essential algorithms and coding practices. From solving differential equations to creating minimisation algorithms from scratch; it was great to see how technology can be used to advance scientific research which led me towards doing a PhD in computational medical imaging.
Tell us about an inspirational Black scientist you admire and why: As someone who now enjoys coding, I’m inspired by the computer programmer and scientist, Annie Easley. Her story resonates with me as I think to the shared experience of being not only female but also Black in an environment typically presented as not for her, and yet despite all that she excelled at it.
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.