Currently lives in
Grew up in
University of Cambridge, UK; University of Chicago
Broadcast production assistant
Three Favorite Hobbies
Explaining why football shouldn’t ever be called “soccer,” talking with people and exploring
Three Adjectives that Describe Me
British, smiley, tall
Raised money for charity by driving from London to Mongolia during an eight-week trip.
From the Essay
"I’ve never let the scientist in me die, and I’m still as fascinated by science now as I was watching my mum launch a coke bottle filled with water into the sky only using a bike pump, or setting a bin on fire entirely by accident in the middle of a lesson. (Did I mention that she was both my mum and my science teacher? I was a confused child) … As a former teacher myself, I know that watching peoples’ faces change as they realize something new is addictive. A month of that view in a science museum is enough to persuade me to apply straight away."
MSI Judges’ Thoughts
Mike is smart. Fulbright scholar smart (as in: he is one). But he’s also funny. And slightly mischievous. As an Englishman currently spending a stint in Chicago, Mike’s been all over the world. But beyond the rugged adventurer is a thoughtful soul. Born into a science-loving family, Mike originally set out to study science at Cambridge, but instead pursued multiple degrees in philosophy to satisfy his nature to question everything. (Mum and Dad still haven’t quite forgiven him.) From the regeneration of our cells to the way we build our cities, Mike is eager to explore a topic, take it apart and discuss it with others. A former philosophy teacher, his classes avoided typical lectures and instead focused on getting students interacting with one another.
During the month, Mike would combine his initial love of the sciences with his philosophy background to make his experience all about you—creating a dialogue about the science that’s all around us with Museum guests and online followers.
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About the Museum
The Museum of Science and Industry opened its doors in 1933 and is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere.