Dr Rachel Edwards is Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at Warwick University. Her main research interests are in non-contact generation and detection of ultrasound using lasers and electromagnatic acoustic transducers, with applications in non-destructive testing and in low temperature measurements of phase changes in single crystals; this is under the Condensed Matter Physics group. She was a NESTA:Crucible awardee in 2007, and holds an ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant.
In The New Optimists, her’s is a voice from a new generation of scientists. And, she says, it’s now possible to make it as a female physicist; there are roughly the same proportion of women (20%) as men at all levels from undergraduate to professor level. So there are now role models to look up to, knowing there’s a chance of success.