An interview with Alfredo Carpineti

Current Job:  Science JournalistAlf

Scientific Discipline/Field: Astrophysics

Country: UK

Pick some letters (L,G,B,T,Q etc.): G

Website: www.theastroholic.co.uk

What does your job involve?

I work for ‘I fucking Love Science’. I write three articles a day about new research being published, mainly on physics and astrophysics.

How did you get to this job (education etc.)?

I have a B.Sc. from La Sapienza, Rome, an M.Sc. in quantum fields and fundamental forces and a Ph.D. in astrophysics both from Imperial College London.

Do you feel being LGBT has affected your career decisions?

Yes, I felt I couldn’t really be myself in Italy so I decided to move to London to continue my studies.

Have you had any reactions from colleagues about being LGBT, either good or bad?

The reactions to my sexuality have mostly been good. I’ve never had a bad reaction personally, but I know of somebody, another Ph.D. student, being homophobic about me behind my back.

Did you have any role models growing up (LGBT, STEM, totally unrelated…)?

Richard Feynmann, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Oscar Wilde. I didn’t know much about LGBT history until I was an adult unfortunately, but now my list of role models grows everyday.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan to continue with my job and try to do more public engagement in an effort to make scientific topics more accessible to the general public.

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