Celebrating Black in Physics Week: Physics World and Physics Today co-publish series of essays written by black physicists

24 Oct 2022 Rachael Harper

Physics World  and Physics Today are once again supporting ‘Black in Physics Week’, an annual event which seeks to inspire future Black physicists across the world via the communication of engaging physics research and through enhancing science literacy within the Black community.

Throughout the week Physics World and Physics Today will edit and co-publish essays written by Black physicists about their experiences. The joint, simultaneous publication of these essays on the Physics World and Physics Today websites will help to ensure they reach widest possible audience and emphasise that the underrepresentation of Black people in physics and the barriers to their success are issues for the entire global physics community, not just a single country.

The theme of Black in Physics Week in 2022 is “Joy in the diverse Black community”, and this year’s essayists are:

  • Louise Edwards, an astronomer at the California Polytechnic State University, US
  • John Asher Johnson, an astrophysicist at Harvard University, US
  • Joyful Mdhluli, a PhD student in high-energy particle physics at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Larissa Palethorpe, a PhD student in astrophysics at the University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Mark Richards, an atmospheric physicist at Imperial College London, UK and founder of the Blackett Lab Family, the UK’s first national organization for Black physicists
  • Wesley Sims, an applied physicist at Morehouse College, US


Join the conversation at #BlackinPhysicsWeek2022 and listen to the next episode of the Physics World podcast on Thursday October 27.