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Simon Crawshaw

Simon Crawshaw

Heritage Intern: Summer 2001

I was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and have lived there for most of my life, with the exception of a couple of years, when I lived in Boston, U.S.A. After completing my A-levels in Maths, Physics and Biology, I spent a year abroad teaching cricket, rugby, music and science at The Scots College in Sydney, Australia. On my return I started an M.Sci degree in Astrophysics at the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland. I am currently in my fourth and final year, following which I hope to travel and then hopefully continue to study for a Ph.D.

Unlike most other people who study Astronomy, it was not the most natural choice for me. Ever since I was young I had always wanted to be a paleontologist, or a fireman. However, during my final years of high school, the role of Physics in the natural world began to fascinate me more and more. This, combined with a curiosity in Philosophy, is what attracted me to Astronomy. I found that metaphysical questions such as "When and how did it all start" and "Why are we here", which always bothered me when I was young, could maybe not be answered, but at least better understood, by studying the way the Universe worked. By searching and studying the Universe, it really does put everything else into perspective.

My other interests are drama, music and sport. I have been a member of productions such as "Grease", "The Pirates of Penzance" and "Hamlet", having also performed in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. I play the French horn and am self-taught on the trumpet. At university I play rugby and cricket, however I enjoy playing any sport, playing my first full game of baseball whilst in the States during the summer of 2000. I also really enjoy traveling, although I find it more rewarding to travel on foot rather than by plane. Last year I back-packed across the States, following a summer spent teaching on a summer camp in New Hampshire. I have also traveled around Australia and visited Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Cyprus, Rhodes, Athens, France, Portugal, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bali and Canada. Next year I plan to cycle around India for a few months.

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