Dr Emma Chapman is a Royal Astronomical Society Fellow based at Imperial College London. She researches the first stars to exist in our Universe, 13 billion years ago. After the Big Bang the Universe appeared dark and empty, but behind the scenes the first stars were beginning to form and suddenly these stars began to light up one by one. This era has never been observed before but the race is currently on to uncover the signals using radio telescopes. Emma is a core member of The Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) in the Netherlands and is helping to design the upcoming Square Kilometre Array (SKA) in Australia – a telescope which will eventually consist of 2.5 million antennas in the desert. She is a leader in her field and has won The Institute of Physics Jocelyn Burnell Bell Prize in 2014 and was runner-up for the UK L’Oreal Women in Science award in 2017.
Emma often engages with the media regarding both the era of the first stars and her work on gender equality in physics, most recently featuring on Woman's Hour, Radio 4 “All in the Mind” and “The World Tonight” as well as national and international news programmes. Emma is currently working on her first book, First Light, to be published by Bloomsbury Sigma in 2020.