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Space Plasma Physicist, Imperial College London

Dr Martin Archer is a UKRI Stephen Hawking Fellow in Space Physics and Public Engagement at Imperial College London. Martin became a published scientist whilst still an undergraduate, working on the Cluster space mission. It is this work which has inspired his PhD research on structures and waves in the Earth’s magnetosphere.

In addition to his research, Martin is determined to come up with fresh perspectives on how to communicate his love of science, especially to young audiences, and has worked on a number of exciting and unique projects including his DJ Physics shows, the Droppin’ Science Podcast, WiiJing and appearances at numerous science festivals and schools.

You’ll regularly see Martin on television both in the UK and internationally discussing the latest physics news, explaining scientific concepts and championing the importance of engaging the public with science. In addition to this Martin has featured on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, the Guardian Science Weekly podcast and has written numerous science pieces and been profiled by a number of publications including The Guardian, The Times and MSN.


  • 2020–present
    UKRI Stephen Hawking Fellow in Space Physics & Public Engagement, Imperial College London
  • 2014–2020
    Space Plasma Physicist, Queen Mary University of London


  • 2014 
    Imperial College London, PhD Space Plasma Physics