Professor Danielle George MBE

Engineer, Astrophysicist and TV presenter

This year, Danielle George has been on our screens presenting Revolutions: Ideas that changed our world on BBC Four. Last year she presented Horizon: Avalanche: Making a Deadly Snowstorm for BBC Two, Hyper Evolution: Rise of the Robots on BBC Four, Search for a New Earth on BBC Two with Professor Stephen Hawking and Nation of Inventors on BBC One North West. In 2016, Danielle presented Televisions Opening Night: How the Box was Born on BBC Four and in 2014 The Royal Institution Christmas lectures ‘How to hack your Home’.

Danielle studied Astrophysics and worked at Jodrell Bank Observatory. She was awarded a Professorship at the age of 38 and appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2016 Queen’s honours list for services to engineering through public engagement. In 2016 she received the Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke Medal for services to engineering, in 2017 she received the Harold Hartley Medal for outstanding contribution to the field of Measurement and Control and in 2018 she was awarded the 2018 Michael Faraday Prize.

Danielle’s research is dedicated to solving one the 14 world engineering grand challenges of the 21st century; engineering the tools for scientific discovery. Her expertise in radio frequency engineering and microwave communications is applicable to broad range of scientific and industrial sectors. To date her research has focused on delivering class-leading ultra-low noise receivers for Space and Aerospace applications. She has worked with agriculturists on the development of instrumentation to measure water usage and with a number of multi-national companies such as Rolls Royce where she worked on industrial gas turbine engines.

Her passion for raising public awareness of the positive impact engineering and science has on all aspects of our everyday lives, as well as highlighting to young people the immense depth and breadth of opportunities a career in science and engineering can offer, has led to Danielle’s numerous current high-profile Ambassadorial roles.  Following on from the success of Danielle’s Royal Institution Christmas Lectures she is the co-founder of the “Manchester Robot Orchestra” with huge success in many countries around the world and generated over 1m hits on social media. Her STEM ‘emoji’ recognizes her dedication to science and engineering stating her most notable fun achievement as ‘turning a sky scraper into a giant game of Tetris’. She has delivered TED and TEDx talks and her hometown of Newcastle recognised her as a ‘Great North Contemporary Great’ in the 2015 Great North Culture Exhibition.

Photos by Paul Wilkinson /University of Manchester, MBE investiture, Sally Lockey