Patrick Mahon completed a BSc in Maths and Physics in 1990 and an MSc in Environmental Decision Making in 2006, and in between studied for a PhD in Theoretical Physics, specialising in modelling the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect. He has worked in the civil service and for a trade association and now works for a national charity focused on environmental sustainability, where he is responsible for Policy and Government Affairs. He is a Chartered Waste Manager and a Member of the British Interplanetary Society. In his spare time, he writes science fiction and book reviews, and runs his local writing group. His lifelong interest in astronomy and spaceflight was inspired by the Apollo missions, the Space Shuttle and Patrick Moore, whom he met at the tender age of twelve.”
Conor is currently studying for an MPhys in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of St Andrews. He is also the publicity officer for the physics society at the University and has responsibilities including, co-producing their podcast about the lives of academics working in science, and managing their social media presence and website. He is interested in using computational techniques to solve physics problems, and what we can learn and achieve by striving for interstellar travel. In his free time, Conor enjoys listening to podcasts about science as well as playing the trombone in bands.