Dr Arthur Turrell holds a PhD in plasma physics from Imperial College London, for which he won the Atomic Weapons Establishment thesis prize. From 2013 to 2015 he worked as a Doctoral Prize Fellow in the plasma physics group at Imperial alongside renowned starbuilders such as Professor Steve Cowley, former head of EURATOM and former CEO of the UK Atomic Energy Authority.
His PhD supervisor, Professor Steve Rose, is the former Director of the Centre for Inertial Fusion Studies at Imperial College and has been an instrumental figure in the science behind nuclear fusion.
While working at Imperial, Arthur published many academic papers on the science of nuclear fusion, including in top journals such as Nature Communications. His research has been featured in the Daily Mail, Xinhua, Science World Report, Optics.org, International Business Times, Gizmodo, and the Tech Times.
Alongside academic research, Arthur has been a passionate ambassador for science.
He has interviewed Sir Patrick Moore, Sir Roger Penrose, Marcus du Sautoy, and Lewis Wolpert – as well as being interviewed himself by the BBC’s Gareth Mitchell. He has given public lectures on star building at the British Science Festival, Institute of Physics Plasma Conference, the UK’s Science Museum, a few pubs and even a nightclub! He was the lead scientist of an exhibit named ‘Set the controls for the heart of the sun’ at the prestigious Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.
In 2015, he gave a science talk on the BBC’s Breakfast programme due to his involvement in the Pint of Science festival. In recognition of his outreach work, he has been awarded the Rutherford Prize for the Public Understanding of Plasma Physics.
Arthur now works at the Bank of England where he is applying his scientific training to questions about the macro-economy, most recently being featured alongside several Nobel prize-winners in articles on how to ‘rebuild macroeconomics’. He has helped with speeches for the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee and has written about his experience of moving from physics to economics in the Guardian. As a visiting scientist, he retains close links with the plasma physics group at Imperial College London.