Thomas Lewton

Contributing Writer

Q&A

The Man Making Rwanda Into a Hub for Physics

March 3, 2020

As the founding director of a new institute for fundamental research in Rwanda, the physicist Omololu Akin-Ojo hopes to stem the brain drain of Africa’s brightest minds.

Carlo Rubbia giving a lecture with a colorful PowerPoint slide on the screen behind him.
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A Call for Courage as Physicists Confront Collider Dilemma

August 7, 2019

Carlo Rubbia, leader of the bold collider experiment that in 1983 discovered the W and Z bosons, thinks particle physicists should now smash muons together in an innovative “Higgs factory.”

About the author

Thomas Lewton is a freelance science journalist and filmmaker based in London and East Africa. His work has been featured on the BBC, CNN, Thomson Reuters and NPR. A physicist by background, Lewton now explores a breadth of sciences in his writing and videography and their often messy relationship with politics and society.