Tessa Baker (2006)

Tessa had only just arrived at the University of Pennsylvania in October to begin her Fulbright Scholarship year when she had to jump on a plane back to the UK to receive her ‘Women of the Future’ award for Science. This prestigious accolade has been awarded to Tessa in recognition of her achievements in the field of Cosmology, where she is leading cutting-edge research into the applicability of Einstein’s theory of gravity, General Relativity, to the large scale structure of the universe. She has recently written a blog on the topic.

A founder member of the Abbey’s Rocket club whilst at school with an already highly developed interest in the cosmos and what’s out there, Tessa left School in 2006 and went on to read Physics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where she specialised in theoretical physics and astrophysics. She then completed a PhD in Astrophysics at New College before commencing a post-doctoral research fellowship at All Souls College, to where she will return after her Fulbright year in the States.

More details on Tessa’s ‘Women of the Future’ Award is available here. We are very proud of her indeed!