Professor Frank Close OBE is a physicist, broadcaster and author. He has been Head of Communications at CERN, and is now Professor of Theoretical Physics at Oxford University and Fellow Emeritus at Exeter College. He won the Royal Society's Michael Faraday Prize in 2013 for Excellence in Science Communication and the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal in 1996. He is the only professional scientist to have won the British Science Writers Prize on three occasions, two of which have been for articles in the media about eclipses. He has published over 200 research papers in particle physics, and 19 books. His latest book Eclipse (Oxford University Press) is a semi-autobiographical tale of his life in science, and how it was inspired by a schoolteacher by witnessing a solar eclipse at the age of 8.
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