Joshua comes from Poulton-Le-Fylde, which is a very old town in Lancashire. In fact, it's 12000 years old. And one would expect a town that old to have its fair share of great people associated with it. And indeed it does. Keith Harris was from Poulton. I don't know about the duck. Anyway, despite, or perhaps because of, this auspicious start, Josh was at school at Millfield Science and Performing Arts College, where he became Head Boy. During this time he won the North West Young Scientist of the Year in a competition sponsored by BAE Systems. After A levels, Josh studied Chemical Engineering at Newcastle University and obtained a first class degree in 2021. Later that year, he started his doctoral work with me in a project sponsored by Michelin, and co-supervised by Prof. Steve Bull. Tyres are not always perfect after coming out of a mould, and Josh is trying to understand what is happening. Josh is not all about academic things; he has performed admirably at cross country in national competition, for example. But best of all, Josh regularly goes to the Etihad to see football at its finest. A man of great taste. I photographed him at the Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, but this was the second time that I and a PhD student were attending an Internazionale match.
ACS Fall meeting, San Francisco, USA, August 2023