Dr Harry Witchel
Presenter | Author | Speaker | Workshop | Expert
Dr Harry Witchel began his academic career with a Bachelor's degree in Physics at Columbia University (New York). After earning a Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of California at Berkeley, Dr. Witchel relocated to the UK, and continued his research at the University of Bristol for over a decade, where he was a Senior Research Fellow.
In 2004, Dr. Witchel received the highest national honour for Science Communication in the biological sciences when he was awarded The Charles Darwin Award Lecture by the British Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers in the scientific literature, and he has consulted and performed experiments for multinational corporations including Honda, Tesco, Music Choice, and Nokia.
As a Senior Lecturer in Physiology at Brighton and Sussex Medical School his research concerns psychobiology, and he is a leading international expert on long QT syndrome, a disorder of the heart's electrical activity that can cause arrhythmias and sudden death.
He is a very popular lecturer at Science Festivals throughout the UK, including the Edinburgh International Science Festival, The BA Festival, the Winchester Festival of Art and the Mind, and the Cheltenham Festival of Science, where he has given a series of sold-out lectures every year since its inception. He was chosen as the plenary lecturer at the Royal Society for the National Forum of Genetic Futures, a year long celebration for young people of the discovery of the DNA double helix by Watson and Crick. In 2004 he received the national honour of being awarded by the British Association for the Advancement of Science 'The Charles Darwin Award Lecture.'
In November 2010, Harry was invited by the British Council to judge the National Finals for the 'Debating Matters India.'
Particularly well known for his music presentations with live music and his expert dating workshops at the Dana Centre and British Library, Dr. Witchel likes to use science to engage with young people, to help safeguard that enough excellent and talented young people are inspired to become the scientists of tomorrow. He also appeared regularly on BBC Television's Mind Games.
Harry's new book, You Are What You Hear: How Music and Territory Make Us Who We Are, explores the human relationship with music and how we are shaped as people because of it and is being released in January 2011.
Dr Harry Witchel