Top accolade for former pupil ...

Top accolade for former pupil ...

A former Bruton School for Girls student has been hailed by the Royal Astronomical Society as “one of the top early-career planetary physicists in the world” and has been awarded the Society’s Fowler Award for Geophysics for her research into the magnetic field environments of Jupiter and Saturn.  

Dr Sarah Badman, currently working at Lancaster University, was honoured by the award: “I have been fascinated by space and the planets since I was at school in Bruton and I never thought I would end up working with the Cassini mission to explore the solar system.”

Dr Badman is described by the Royal Astronomical Society as “an outstanding young scientist, who has already made an international impact on our understanding of magnetospheric and auroral dynamics in the solar system."  Her outstanding research has been recognised by several prestigious fellowships and she is regarded as one of the top early-career planetary physicists in the world.

Professor Martin Barstow, President of the Royal Astronomical Society, offered his congratulations:

“The UK and indeed the whole world have a wealth of extraordinarily talented women and men working in astronomy and geophysics. Each year the Society marks their achievements with our awards and medals, something it gives me huge pleasure to announce. I am delighted to congratulate all the winners and wish them continued success in their scientific careers.”

The Sciences continue to be very popular A Level choice at Bruton School for Girls with two girls in Upper Sixth gaining Oxbridge offers this year to study Natural Sciences.  A special ‘Taste of Sixth Form’ day is being held on Thursday 3rd March when students looking at A Level study options can join our Sixth Form for the day to get a true insight into life as a Sixth Former.  For more information or to book a place contact

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