Dr. Merritt Moore is a world class professional ballet dancer and quantum physicist.
She has danced with the Zurich Ballet, Boston Ballet, English National Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet and London Contemporary Ballet Theatre, while graduating with honours in physics at Harvard, and graduating with a PhD in Quantum Optics at Oxford University.
She was award Forbes 30 under 30 in 2018 and featured in Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, alongside inspiring women such as Oprah, Angela Merkel, JK Rowling and Audrey Hepburn. She was one of the 12 selected astronaut candidates, out of thousands of applicants, to undergo rigorous astronaut selection on BBC Two Astronauts: Do you have what it takes?.
Currently Merritt works at the intersection of science and art-spearheading a movement which integrates the two at the highest caliber. Whether it be at the Barbican, Imagine Science Festival, or for the London Design Festival at the Victoria and Albert Museum, she creates state-of-the-art work that integrates quantum physics and dance in the form of VR films, dance installations with robots, and online content.
Merritt has integrated her love for physics and dance for a TEDx talk at Oxford and for the international “Dance Your PhD” contest (and won the Physics category). She has organised a group of Science-Art-Sisters (aka SASters) and been on the organising committee for the Oxford Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) UK 2016. She was awarded Top Ten College Women of 2010 by Glamour Magazine and the Suzanne Farrell Award at Harvard. She was awarded the Michael von Clemm Fellowship (award to only one Harvard student a year) to study at Oxford.
In 2018, Merritt was named as one on The Evening Standard’s five inspiring ‘Women In Science You Need To Know’.