Barry W. Fitzgerald was born in Limerick, Ireland. After receiving a PhD in Computational Physics from the University of Limerick, he moved to the Netherlands to continue his scientific career. Initially, he worked at the University of Twente (UT) in Enschede and then moved to Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) where he worked in the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS) and in the Multi-Scale Modelling of Multi-Phase Flows Group. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Process and Energy department of the faculty 3mE at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft).
Barry is actively involved in scientific communication and outreach and has presented on a wide range of scientific topics at schools, companies and public events. When not thinking about science, he is a keen runner, plays guitar and sings, and watches too much football! He is also the author of “Secrets of Superhero Science” and has contributed to the BBC’s online Science Focus magazine.
As a child, the best presents Barry received from Santa Claus were He-Man’s fortress Castle Grayskull, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters and the A-Team van.