Humans of Physics

Science is made by people. But who are these people? In “Humans of Physics”, researchers get their say. Many Body Physics invites you to dive into their daily scientific and non-scientific reality. We hope to dispell some stereotypes , to reveal the diversity in physics and to show that scientific outreach can be sometimes also about the scientists. 


Humans of Physics I: Felipe Montealegre.

This is the first of many short recounts on the lives of physicists. We hope to dispell some stereotypes about physicists, and open a window so that scientific outreach can be sometimes also about the scientists, their hopes and anxieties, in the context of their science. The alarm sounds and wakes me up. I know […]

Humans of Physics II: Eleanor Crane.

Note that it might be that none of what I say is true. Don’t believe me and check for yourself – that’s the foundational rule of being a physicist. Physics seems to attract the obsessive type, the intense, on-it, keen beans. Those who are mad to learn, calculate, experiment, discover. In some of us, this […]

Humans of Physics III: Asier Piñeiro

This is the third installment of Humans of Physics, a series focusing in the researchers more than in the research, for once. “I stare at equations for a living,” used to say my Tinder profile – and it’s not too far from true. My day usually looks like a mixture of scribbling mathematical formulas, programming […]

Humans of Physics IV: Shirin Ermis

This is the fourth installment of Humans of Physics, a project which searches to show how we scientists are just like everyone. Dispelling some stereotypes is probably a good idea, from time to time.  For me, the cliché is true. Every morning I get woken up by the birds. It’s actually a chime but it […]

Humans of Physics V: Guillaume Berthet

This is the fifth installment of Humans of Physics, a series focusing in the researchers more than in the research, for once. The first time I entered in the room where the cold atom experiment was, I couldn’t express what I felt… Wires everywhere, optical fibers sending lasers all over the room, a metallic vacuum […]

Humans of Physics VI: Beatrice Ellerhoff

If you ask an author what their everyday life looks like, they will hardly ever answer: “Well, I’m just writing!” because combining letters into a meaningful text requires much more than the mere act of ‘writing’. Let me compare the work of a PhD student with that of the author: To say that my PhD […]

Gender and unconscious bias in quantum science

As the start of our new series on humans in physics, I would like to give a personal opinion on the lack of (gender) diversity in the natural sciences and its connection to the very human phenomenon of “unconscious bias”. I wrote this article for celebrating “Diversity Day” in the quantum science research cluster in […]

Humans of Physics VII: Frederick del Pozo

This is the seventh installment of our project Humans of Physics, which seeks to portrait the scientists as the persons they are. When the Lockdown came the big question every student was asking was “how will this impact my studies, degree, carreer???”. Luckily I am a Physics Student, soon to complete my MSc Thesis and […]