Specialist in clinical microbiology and virology, Cambridge University
Chris Smith is a medical consultant specialising in clinical microbiology and virology at Cambridge University and its teaching hospital, Addenbrooke’s. Chris is a member of the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), which offers accessible, affordable, part-time courses covering a range of disciplines. He is also a Fellow Commoner at Queens’ College, Cambridge.
Chris laid the foundations for the Naked Scientists radio show, podcast and website back in 1999. He currently co-presents the Naked Scientists, is a science correspondent for the ABC RN (Radio National) Breakfast show, Australia, presents “5 live Science” on BBC Radio 5 live on Sunday mornings and also talks science and answers listeners’ questions for thirty minutes every Friday morning on Primedia’s Talk Radio 702 / 567 CapeTalk, in South Africa. Periodically he also appears on Radio New Zealand National’s “This Way Up” to talk about recent scientific breakthroughs.
Previously, Chris also created the Royal Society of Chemistry’s “Chemistry World” and “Chemistry in its Element”podcasts, he founded and presented the first 100 episodes of the Nature Podcast for the journal Nature, and he has since also launched “The eLife Podcast” for the eLife open access online journal.
Chris has published 4 popular science books internationally; one of them – Crisp Packet Fireworks (now re-published under the title “BOOM!”), which has become a best-seller and been translated into multiple languages, was co-authored with fellow Naked Scientist Dave Ansell.
Living just outside Cambridge with his wife, Sarah, who is a local GP, Chris has two children, Amelia and Tim, both of whom are showing promise as future broadcasters; well, they talk a lot anyway… (where do they get that from?!)