About Me

I grew up in Sydney, New South Wales, and studied for my Honours and Masters at the University of Sydney. I studied abroad at the University of California, Berkeley, and in 2017 I completed my DPhil in Astrophysics at Balliol College, Oxford. I'm vegetarian, keen on Python, Bayes, cycling, coffee, and Earl Grey.

Outside of physics, I'm interested in history and critical understandings of physics and astronomy. We have to situate our science in a social and historical context, and understand how crucial the work of once-marginalized figures has been to this heritage. You may like this IWD 2017 piece about Ruby Payne-Scott, the Australian pioneer of radio interferometry, and I've digitized and hosted Elizabeth Alexander's original report on her radio observations of the Sun (explaining the "Norfolk Island Effect").

Sometimes I write: see my latest piece in The Monthly, about the possible discovery of phosphine on Venus. In the Oxonian Review, check out my short story The Marlborough Arms and my review of Tim Winton's Island Home. For the Cooper Square Review I wrote a lighter piece about an undergrad experiment gone wrong, a personal reflection on climate change, and a review of David Wallace-Wells' The Uninhabitable Earth.

I was a member of the winning Balliol College team in the 2016-17 series of University Challenge on BBC2, with the wonderful Joey Goldman, Freddy Potts, and Jacob Lloyd.

Get In Touch

  • Address

    School of Mathematics and Physics
    The University of Queensland
    St Lucia
    QLD 4072
    Australia
  • Email

    b.pope@uq.edu.au