Peter Barham is a Professor of Physics at Bristol University UK, honorary Professor of Molecular Gastronomy in the Life Sciences faculty of the University of Copenhagen and honorary Research Associate at the Animal Demography Unit in Zoology at the University of Cape Town. In Bristol, as well as carrying out his own research in fundamental Polymer Physics and in the conservation of penguins, he is involved in undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and a range of adminstrative tasks. In Copenhagen, he is helping to create research and teaching activities in the new and emerging area of molecular gastronomy (the application of physical, biological and medical sciences to understanding our appreciation of food as prepared in the home and high-quality restaurants). In Cape Town he is involved with a group trying to save the endangered African penguins.
In addition, Peter is very interested in raising the public awareness of science and its relevance to everyday life. In 2003 he was awarded the 2003 Kelvin Medal by the Institute of Physics for his contributions to the promotion of the public awareness of
In the last few years, Peter has been collaborating with a number of chefs (notably