Give me a tough maths question!
University College Dublin (B.Sc.) 2009; University of Limerick (M.Sc.) 2011; University of Limerick (Ph.D.) 2013
Ph.D. (to be awarded in November)
I was a teacher in a secondary school, I was a postman, I was a receptionist, I worked in a warehouse, I did roadie work (worked with bands like Justin Timberlake, Beyonce…)
I am finishing up my Ph.D.
University of Limerick
Favourite thing to do in science: I love solving mathematics puzzles and doing experiments that bring the mathematics to life.
My Work: I am an applied mathematician and I solve all sorts of physics problems using maths.
My Typical Day: Read a few scientific papers, do some mathematics, then I design and perform an experiment to make sure the mathematics is right!
What I'd do with the money: I would buy more fun things to show people when I do my Physics Busking; I always wanted to get ferrofluid for the shows!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
A complete Joker!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
The Magnetic Fields
What's your favourite food?
I love making spicy curries… except when it gets in my eyes! **ouch**
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I rented a small boat in Croatia and island hopped and had lunch with a peacock on one of the islands.
What did you want to be after you left school?
A bicycle mechanic: when I was in school I didn’t know I was allowed to do science as a job!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
What was your favourite subject at school?
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
I solved a mathematics riddle that has puzzled scientists for decades.
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
My secondary-school mathematics teacher and Carl Sagan!
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
A mechanic or a teacher.
Tell us a joke.
How many eggs should you use in a French omelette? Well, the French say that one egg is un œuf!