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Chris Smith


Chris Smith is a medical consultant specialising in clinical microbiology and virology at Cambridge University and its teaching hospital, Addenbrooke's. He is also a Fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge.


Chris started the Naked Scientists radio show, podcast and website back in 1999. He co-presents the Naked Scientists show, is the science correspondent for the ABC RN (Radio National) Breakfast show, Australia, hosts the Naked Scientists on BBC Radio 5 Live on Monday mornings and also talks science and answers listeners' questions for thirty minutes every Friday morning on Primedia's Talk Radio 702 / 567 CapeTalk, in South Africa. Chris also fronts the Royal Society of Chemistry's Chemistry World podcast and he founded the Nature Podcast for the journal Nature. Now and then he also pops up on telly, usually to talk about infectious diseases.


Chris has also published 4 popular science books internationally, one of them - Crisp Packet Fireworks, which has become a best-seller and been translated into multiple languages - co-authored with fellow Naked Scientist Dave Ansell. Chris lives outside Cambridge with his wife, Sarah, who is a local GP, and his children Amelia and Tim, both of whom are showing promise as future broadcasters; well, they talk a lot anyway... (where do they get that from?)


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