Simon Clark is a videomaker and science communicator from Bristol, UK. He recently finished his PhD in theoretical atmospheric physics at the University of Exeter, researching dynamical stratosphere-troposphere coupling over the Arctic with Prof. Mark Baldwin. Prior to this he studied physics at St Peter's College, University of Oxford, obtaining his masters degree and specialising in theoretical and atmospheric physics.
Starting to create YouTube videos in 2010, his YouTube channel SimonOxfPhys initially focused on helping students from disadvantaged backgrounds apply to prestigious universities. Videos specifically focused on giving an insider's perspective on the admissions process and coaching applicants through the interview process at Oxford and Cambridge, giving advice that he wished he had received when applying to Oxford from a state school. After moving to Exeter for his PhD his video output changed to focus more on science - including two educational series about the physics of the atmosphere and the cryosphere - and vlogging about life as a graduate student.
Over the years his YouTube channel has gone from strength to strength, accruing over 230,000 subscribers and over 18 million lifetime views.
To continue his work improving access to Oxford University he founded the Oxvlog project, a unique YouTube channel featuring vloggers across the whole university, and also created the comedy channel Spongy and Electric and podcast The Wikicast with Daniel Maw.
In addition to videos on his own channels, Simon has collaborated on YouTube videos with Acapella Science, Tom Scott, Real Engineering, Hat Films, and the Yogscast, and also presented a series of videos for BBC Bitesize. Collaborations with brands include Merck, Airbus, the European Central Bank, Roborace, Brilliant, Squarespace, and the Central Laser Facility.
During his time at the University of Oxford he was awarded the Gibbs prize for public speaking, the Scott prize for teaching and learning physics in schools, and two OxTALENT awards for his work on outreach via social media. He then went on to receive XMedia awards for Best Radio Show and Most Innovative Project for co-hosting the radio show The Science Hour on XpressionFM from the University of Exeter. He also received a scholarship from the Vlogbrothers channel to create educational videos and more recently was selected to take part in YouTube NextUp, receiving a grant from YouTube to improve video content, and subsequently was part of the first Global Creator Camp in New York.
In addition to his scientific and videographic interests he has been a musician for his entire adult life, playing the cornet and saxophone before becoming a bass choral scholar at the University of Exeter. He toured nationally and internationally with the choir, and has been recorded as a chorus member and a soloist.
He has a lifelong interest in books, writing, cinema, and all things geeky. Ask him about Warhammer 40K, I dare you.