King’s students win Gold in Physics Olympic Challenge

Two brilliant King’s sixth form physicists have won gold medals in the British Physics AS Challenge.

Edward Nathan, 17, from Macclesfield and Richard Southern, 17, from Poynton, are among Britain’s best young scientists after facing a challenging written paper.

Edward and Richard (right)

Richard adds his Physics Gold to a collection of gold medals won in the Mathematics Olympiad. Both young men will enter the British Physics Olympiad in the autumn term.

Richard wants to read Medicine at university “Physics is one of the purest sciences and is constantly fascinating in how it deals with everything from largest galaxies pulling towards each other and the smallest quarks interacting relentlessly with themselves. There is nothing in the world around us that isn’t related to Physics.”

Edward wants to read Physics at university “Physics has had an amazing impact on modern life. From Galileo onwards physicists have been making a fundamental difference to the way we live our lives and that remains true today with the Internet invented by world leading British physicist Tim Berners-Lee.”

The King’s School’s head of science Dr Chris Hollis said: “Physics demands great mental agility from able students with imagination and the ability to think laterally. Richard and Edward are clearly among the best young minds in the country.”

Four other King’s students also won medals in the challenge – three Silver medals and a Bronze medal, one of the best-ever results for the school in the Physics Olympics.

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