Philip Ball

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Philip Ball (born October 8, 1962 ) is an English chemist, physicist and author of popular science non-fiction .


Ball studied chemistry at Oxford University and received a PhD in physics from Bristol University . He worked for about 20 years as an editor for the journal Nature .

He has lived in the greater London area for years .


In 2004 Ball's book Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads To Another was published , which was awarded the Royal Society Prize for Science Books in 2005. His book Serving the Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics under Hitler (The Bodley Head) was shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014. This prestigious British prize is endowed with £ 2,500 prize money for nominees who receive a winner ten times as much. Elegant Solutions received the Dingle Prize in 2007 . For 2019 Ball was awarded the Kelvin Medal by the Institute of Physics .


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  1. Materials book wins Royal Society Winton Prize , BBC November 10, 2014, accessed November 11, 2014.