International Year of Chemistry Event
Dr Hal Main

International Year of Chemistry Event


Professor Hal Sosabowski will be presenting some of his explosive exhibitions at Roedean 3.00 - 4.00 pm on Tuesday 14 June. Several Year 5 pupils from local primary and prep schools are attending the event including Cottesmore St Mary's, Our Lady of Lourdes, Roedean Junior, St Aubyn's, St Bernadette's, St John the Baptist, St Mary Magdalen, Westdene and Whitehawk.

Professor Hal is the foremost Demonstration Chemist in the UK and is the Royal Society of Chemistry's face of the International Year of Chemistry, 2011. In January Hal was the first chemist in history to cause explosions at the House of Commons, picking up where Guido Fawkes left off.

Professor Hal will be bringing us demonstrations such as the Exploding Ostrich Egg, Manufacturing Liquid Oxygen, Chemiluminescence, YBCO Levitation and the world’s biggest N2O/CS2 Barking Dogs.

Professor Hal holds a Chair in the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Brighton. He has a BSc and PhD in chemistry from the University of London and an MBA and MA (Marketing) from the University of Brighton. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, twice awarded the University of Brighton Teaching Excellence Award and thrice the University of Brighton Innovation Award. He was made the 2005 Higher Education Academy Teaching Fellow and awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Award for Outstanding Contribution to Chemistry.

Professor Hal has a wide spectrum of science-on-television appearances, including children’s television where he co-presented the lab on ITV’s Ministry of Mayhem and BBC’s Bright Sparks, on which he had his own science slot. He has also appeared on mainstream science programmes such as BBC4’s The Volatile History of Chemistry, National Geographic’s The Mystery Files and BBC’s History Cold Case. He is the resident Science Boffin for several local radio stations, Radio 4’s Broadcasting House and ITV’s Meridian News. He was Science Consultant for: Big Brother (Endemol TV), Only Fools on Horses (Endemol TV) Adventure Island (RDF Television) and Science Changed My Life (Outline Productions). He also consults for the Brainiac Live show, and has an international reputation for running live science. He is currently on tour with his iconic science show ‘The Bigger Bang’ – see


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