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Dr Anna Watts School of Mathematics

Summary: Dr Anna Watts
School of Mathematics
- Assistant Professor,
University of Amsterdam
Beyond star gazing. Anna's career in astrophysics
Winning a place on a space science summer school was a life-changing
experience for astrophysicist Anna Watts. "Although I always liked
solving problems, my interest in Physics only really started with my A
levels," she admits. "But this two week course at Brunel University
convinced me that I wanted to make science my career."
Anna was advised to get a good degree in Physics first, then specialise
in astrophysics. She went to Merton College, Oxford and enjoyed her
time there: "It was a small, friendly college and I had fantastic tutors. I
come from the north of England and wondered what Oxford would be
like but I loved it."
After graduation, not sure an academic career was for her, Anna
decided to get a job and signed up for the Ministry of Defence civil
service fast track science stream: "I stayed there for five years and
learned a lot. We worked in a wide range of areas and they moved us
around to several sites. But eventually, I realised I missed the science


Source: Anderson, Jim - School of Mathematics, University of Southampton


Collections: Mathematics