Here's me on a radio broadcast, talking about the Sun.
Why did you study astronomy?
As a child, I remember hearing my parents say that they thought I was going to be an astrophysicist when I grew up. Not actually knowing what an astro-thinga-me-wotsit was, I agreed with them because I thought it sounded impressive. Really at that time I wanted to look after animals. People used to bring me injured birds and I would stay up all night feeding them worms!
How did you end up doing solar physics?
I'm a great believer in enjoying life, so I studied my favourite subjects - physics and art - through to A-level. I decided to carry on with physics and before I could stop myself I was at Sussex University studying, yep you guessed it, astrophysics. It was there that I became interested in the Sun. I think I saw the light whilst I was sunbathing on the beach, if you'll pardon the pun! Then I joined the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, in Surrey, and started studying Coronal Mass Ejections.