Dan Weatherill



state comprehensive school and sixth form college, undergraduate at Cambridge University, currently a phD student at The Open University


A levels (Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry), Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in physics from Cambridge University

Work History:

ARM Holdings ltd, who design microprocessors found in most smartphones and tablets

Current Job:

Research Student


The Open University

Me and my work

I help design and test imaging detectors (cameras) used in space missions and particle physics experiments

My Typical Day

I go into the lab, play around with electronics, write some computer code, sometimes I have to write technical reports

What I'd do with the money

I have some exciting demonstrations on optics and electronics which I’d like to develop as a kit to be shown in schools.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Who is your favourite singer or band?

don’t have one at the moment, but I love really bad music.

What's your favourite food?

Probably a curry.

What is the most fun thing you've done?

ever? too hard to say, I have fun the whole time. Mostly.

What did you want to be after you left school?

A scientist

Were you ever in trouble at school?

not that often

What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as an engineer?

Made some technology work so that others could do great things with it.

If you weren't an engineer, what would you be?

some other type of engineer… or possibly a scientist, or technician.

Tell us a joke.

Q:Why are there no Aspirin tablets in the Jungle? A: Because parrots-et-em-ol (you have to hear it out loud really)

Other stuff

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