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Benjamin Fernando

Stellar Vibrations Modeller

I’m a PhD student here at the University of Oxford, working between the Earth Sciences and Astrophysics departments. I grew up in Birmingham, and my mum’s from India (but grew up in Canada) and my dad’s from Sri Lanka (but grew up in Brunei). I’m one of those terribly cliched people who’s been interested in their subject since they were a kid – stars have always seemed really cool to me. At school I had some really supportive teachers who encouraged me to study physics at university, so I did.

I did my undergraduate degree in Physics at Imperial College London, and for my masters’ project worked on analysis of data from the Cassini spacecraft then in orbit around Saturn. That was really neat, as it was the first time I’d actually got to work on data from a real space mission; though I was rather sad when Cassini was crashed into Saturn last autumn.

I decided to come to Oxford for my PhD after doing a summer internship here between my third and fourth years. I found it an incredibly exciting and interesting place to work, full of people who are always keen to have interesting and thoughtful discussions. Besides being involved in college life (at St Edmund Hall), I also spend some of my time here doing maths tutorials for first year Earth Sciences students, which I really enjoy.

Benjamin Fernando
Stellar Vibrations Modeller

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