• Johnny Ball

    television presenter and author

    Johnny is a populariser of science and mathematics, writing and presenting more than twenty solo television series, including the BBC’s Think of a Number and Think Again, and ITV’s Johnny Ball Reveals All. His TV shows and videos have won many awards, including a BAFTA, a New York International Emmy nomination, and the ITVA ‘Presenter of the Year’ Craft Award. His many books included Think of a Number which explains the many branches of maths and its sister book Mathmagicians , to be published this July, looking at how maths is applied and who did it first - the first mathematics booked aimed at children produced for over fifty years. He has recently addressed the Oxford Union on prospects for science and technology, and given many lectures to business and academia including lectures on Einstein and maths master classes. Johnny is an ambassador for engineering, and has three honorary doctorates in science from Glasgow, Sheffield Hallam and Salford Universities, one in arts from Leicester, and is an honorary fellow of John Moores University and Fellow of the RSA. He won the Silver Medal for the Public Understanding of Engineering from the RAE in 2007. In addition to his love of maths and science, Johnny was a comedian in the 1960’s and appeared on shows such as Val Doonican and Harry Secombe, compered the first Rolling Stones tour, starred in a Sadlers Wells opera, featured in BBC’s Playschool for 17 years, and wrote adult TV comedy before turning to factual information. He’s taken up drumming again (after 40 years) and was recently seen crying with joy for his daughter Zoe Ball in the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.


Championship: London North 2018

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Championship: London North 2018

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Oxfordshire Championship at Oxford Union, in partnership with Magdalen College School and Oxford Festival of Arts

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North East Championship at Durham Sixth Form Centre


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