Dr Becky Smethurst

Award-winning astrophysicist and science communicator

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Hosts YouTube channel Dr Becky with over 700k subscribers and 2 million monthly views
Presents The Supermassive Podcast, the #1 astronomy podcast in the UK
Author of A Brief History of Black Holes

Dr Becky Smethurst is an award-winning astrophysicist and science communicator.

She is based at the University of Oxford, where her specialism is in how galaxies evolve together with their supermassive black holes. In 2022, she was awarded the Royal Astronomical Society’s Research Fellowship.

Her YouTube channel, Dr Becky, has over 700,000 subscribers and engages 2 million viewers each month with her videos on weird objects in space, the history of science and monthly recaps of space news. Her social media channels bring science to the general public in an engaging way.

With science journalist Izzie Clarke, Becky presents The Supermassive Podcast in association with the Royal Astronomical Society. It is the number one astronomy podcast in the UK, receiving tens of thousands of listens every month.

She regularly appears on national television and radio to explain the latest space news stories and has featured as an expert on the BBC’s The Sky at Night. Her critically acclaimed book, A Brief History of Black Holes, reached number 27 on Amazon’s worldwide book charts.

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