James Sallows

Membership Officer

  • James Sallows


James joined the Ri in May 2017 as the Membership Officer. He is responsible for the daily operations of the membership office and is the first point of contact for all Ri Members and Ri Young Members.

Previously James worked as the Membership Officer for the Friends of Imperial War Museums subsequent to being a volunteer there.


James was born and went to school in Essex. He was a precocious student in mathematics and a fervent pupil in geography. But trigonometry and oxbow lakes were inexorably eclipsed by James’s penchant for music.

James studied Music Production and Popular Music at Bath Spa University and Anglia Ruskin University respectively. He writes and performs music with two indie bands and plays bass, electric and acoustic guitars. Occasionally James produces and records music and has had previous encounters with keyboard, drums and theremin.

Musicians and scientists have much in common but this can often mean they just have the name Brian. By coincidence, Brian is an anagram of brain. During university James used his brain to understand better the natural world around him and became a latecomer to the troupe of science cheerleaders.

Scientific inspiration

Among my inspirations is science programmes on the BBC. I love listening to ‘The Infinite Monkey Cage’ with Prof Brian Cox (of D:Ream fame) and Robin Ince and have attended many recordings. ‘Inside Science’, ‘In Our Time’ and ‘More or Less’ are pleasing too for learning of studies and scientists past and present.

I have also discovered a lot of interesting scientists and mathematicians working today thanks to the BBC, including David Spiegelhalter, Ben Goldacre (author of ‘Bad Science’), Hannah Fry, and Mark Miodownik (erstwhile CHRISTMAS LECTURES presenter), all of whom are excellent science communicators for which I have no doubt the Ri takes some responsibility.

Best thing about the Ri

Its openness, people and history. Everyone of all backgrounds is welcome here, the staff are friendly and dedicated, and the building has housed some of the greatest minds of the last 200 years.