Martin Archer

Martin Archer is a unique and exciting broadcaster based at Imperial College London as a PhD Space Physicist. In addition to his science role he's also an established radio presenter.

It all started when he was studying for his first class honours Masters Degree in Physics and Theoretical Physics at Imperial. Martin was nominated in 2006 for the Best Male Presenter and in the Best Entertainment Programming categories at the Student Radio Awards for Radio 1. This spurred him on to achieve his dream job of presenting at the world famous Kiss.

However Martin still retained a real passion for Physics being that he was one of the top students in his year, having won many awards for his essays and academic achievements (including the Callendar Prize 2006 and the Royal College of Science Association Prize 2005) as well as becoming a published scientist whilst still an undergraduate. It is this published work which has inspired his PhD research on waves in the Earth’s magnetosphere, which includes working on the forthcoming Trio-Cinema CubeSats with the University of California Berkeley and Kyung Hee University South Korea.

If that wasn’t enough, Martin is determined to come up with fresh perspectives on how to communicate his love of science and has worked on a number of exciting and unique projects. He writes, produces and co-presents the “Droppin’ Science” podcast, which tackles the most interesting, weird, cool and quirky bits of the week’s science & tech, all bundled up with plenty of banter and some heavy production.

Like a musical ninja, Martin has invented the gestural DJ performance which he’s dubbed “WiiJing”, enabling him to play, mix and muck about with tunes just by waving his arms around. Finally, Martin has combined his DJing and Physics backgrounds through his collaborative project “DJ Physics” with the Royal Institution of Great Britain. “DJ Physics” is a live show where Martin demonstrates the Physics that can help you become a DJ and in turn how DJing is linked to widely different cutting edge areas of Physics research.

Martin has appeared at The Royal Institution, The Cheltenham Science Festival and The British Science Festival. He has been featured on BBC Radio Four and is also well known as a media spokesperson on Space Physics. Martin is currently one of James May's Sci Guide experts on the You Tube channel Headsqueeze.