Physicist award for Fulneck School pupil

A year 12 school pupil’s devotion to the subject of physics has led to a prestigious science award

Daniel Mohun – who joined Fulneck School in year seven and has recently completed his first A-Level year studying maths, physics, chemistry and biology – was presented with the Schools Physicist of the Year award from the renowned Ogden Trust, at a ceremony held in Leeds University’s Great Hall.

The Trust was set up to promote the teaching and learning of physics which it does by providing individual scholarships to talented sixth formers and undergraduates, and by enabling innovative physics teaching to take place in schools.

Over the last year, Daniel has assisted with the teaching of year nine Physics, and his involvement with the Senior School Seismology Group has granted him the opportunity to visit Naples and Vesuvius with fellow Fulneck counterparts to study seismometer designs, courtesy of the European Union Erasmus Programme.

In addition, the 17 year-old has been involved in an ongoing study of the data from the Nepal Earthquakes. This allows colleagues from both in the UK and overseas to discuss and analyse their findings regarding the recent natural disaster.

Fulneck School Principal, Deborah Newman, said: “Physics is Daniel’s veritable passion, ratifying Ernest Rutherford’s view that ‘All science is either physics, or stamp collecting’!

“We are delighted that he has been presented with this prestigious award. It is an accolade to both his ability as a student and to those who dedicate their lives at Fulneck School to teaching the sciences with such passion and commitment.”

Daniel said: “From a young age, I was always interested in the kinds of questions that physics tries to answer and I’m fortunate that Fulneck has a thriving and dynamic physics department.

“That has certainly been a major factor in my choice of degree subject.”    

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