Alok Jha came to Imperial College in determined to end up as a particle physicist. A year of indescribably complex mathematics later, he had shelved his plans to become the next Richard Feynman and began to concentrate instead on the music reviews he had been writing for the college newspaper. Physics degree complete, he moved wholeheartedly into news reporting for Research Fortnight, a small but influential science policy newsletter. His job involved writing about universities, research councils and charities whilst simultaneously trying to navigate the maze that is the government's science budget.
In he joined the Guardian as a science correspondent, part of the launch team for Life, the brand new weekly science section. He writes news, features and comment on everything from botany to space physics across all sections of the paper and for Guardian Unlimited.