|Born||Brady John Haran
18 June 1976
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
|Residence||Bristol, England, United Kingdom|
|Associated acts||CGP Grey, Kylie Pentelow, Matt Parker, James Grime, Martyn Poliakoff, Keith Moore|
Brady John Haran (born 18 June 1976) is an Australian-British independent filmmaker and video journalist who is known for his educational videos and documentary films produced for BBC News and his YouTube channels, the most notable being Periodic Videosand Numberphile.Haran is also the co-host of the Hello Internet podcast along with fellow YouTuber CGP Grey. On August 22, 2017, Haran launched his second podcast, called The Unmade Podcast, and on November 11, 2018, he launched his third podcast, The Numberphile Podcast, based on his mathematics-centered channel of the same name.
Reporter and filmmaker
Brady Haran studied journalism for a year before being hired by The Adelaide Advertiser. In 2002, he moved from Australia to Nottingham, United Kingdom. In Nottingham, he worked for the BBC, began to work with film, and reported for East Midlands Today, BBC News Online and BBC radio stations.
In 2007, Haran worked as a filmmaker-in-residence for Nottingham Science City, as part of an agreement between the BBC and The University of Nottingham. His “Test Tube” project started with the idea of producing a documentary about scientists and their research, but he decided to upload his raw footage to YouTube; from that point “Periodic Videos” and “Sixty Symbols” were developed. Haran then left the BBC to work full-time making YouTube videos.
Following “Test Tube”, Haran decided to create new YouTube channels. In his first five years as an independent filmmaker he made over 1500 videos.In 2012, he was the producer, editor, and interviewer behind 12 YouTube channels such as The Periodic Table of Videos, Sixty Symbols and Numberphile.Martyn Poliakoff received the Royal Society of Chemistry Nyholm Prize for Education in 2011 for work taking chemistry education to a wider audience; this included his work with Haran on The Periodic Table of Videos.
Working with Poliakoff, Haran’s videos explaining chemistry and science for non-technical persons received positive recognition.Together, they have made over 500 short videos that cover the elements and other chemistry-related topics. Their YouTube channel has had more than 159 million views.Also, Haran and Poliakoff authored an article in the Nature Chemistry journal and an essay on Science journal discussing the impact of The Periodic Table of Videos.
Haran frequently collaborates with professionals and experts, who often appear in his videos to discuss subjects relevant to their work. Most notably his series Periodic Videos features chemist Martyn Poliakoff, with the series also featuring chemist Stephen Liddle. The Numberphile channel has hosted a wide array of guests and presenters, including mathematicians James Grime, Holly Krieger, Tony Padilla, Elwyn Berlekamp, John Conway, Persi Diaconis, Rob Eastaway, David Eisenbud, Edward Frenkel, Hannah Fry, Ron Graham, Lisa Goldberg, Barry Mazur, Ken Ribet, Tadashi Tokieda and Terence Tao, computer scientists Don Knuth and Carlo H. Séquin, scientists Brian Butterworth, Ed Copeland, Laurence Eaves, and Clifford Stoll, and scientific writers and popularizers Alex Bellos, Steve Mould, Matt Parker, Tom Scott, and Simon Singh. The Computerphile channel has hosted similar experts, such as computer science professor Michael Pound.
The Numberphile Podcast
In November of 2018, Haran launched The Numberphile Podcast, in which he speaks with various mathematicians in a longer-form version of his YouTube channel Numberphile.Unlike with his others, Haran is the sole host of this podcast.
- 2004 – BBC Ruby Television Awards Silver
- 2005 – BBC Ruby Television Awards Gold for ‘Best Audience Generated Content’
- 2007 – BBC Ruby Television Awards Silver for work on the real life soap opera Alexandra Road
- 2008 – The Stevie Award (International Business Award) for ‘Best Public Information/Interactive and Multimedia’ for The University of Nottingham website test-tube.uk
- 2008 – IChemE Petronas Award for ‘Excellence in Education and Training’ for The Periodic Table of Videos
- 2008 – European Excellence Award for ‘Podcast’ for An Element for Christmas
- 2011 – Science Magazine‘s Prize for ‘Online Resources in Education’ for The Periodic Table of Videos
- 2011 – Creativity International Platinum Award for ‘New Media’ for The Periodic Table of Videos
- 2012 – Webby Award for ‘Reality Online Film & Video’ for The Periodic Table of Videos
- 2016 – Kelvin Medal for Sixty Symbols (with Michael Merrifield and Philip Moriarty)
- 2016 – Doctor of Letters (Honorary degree) – University of Nottingham
- 2017 – Radio Times Radio and Podcast Champion
- “YouTube in Its Element”. Chemistry in Australia. 76 (10): 30–33. November 2009. ISSN 0314-4240. OCLC 4808833303. (with Martyn Poliakoff)
- “Test tube: behind the scenes in the world of science”. Nottingham Science City. University of Nottingham. OCLC 753944363.
- “Teaching chem eng – Martyn Poliakoff and Brady Haran on Nottingham Uni’s periodic table for the YouTube generation”. The Chemical Engineer (812): 36. 2009. ISSN 0302-0797. OCLC 308533279. (with Martyn Poliakoff)
- “Fantasy games ‘not for geeks‘“. BBC News Online. 2003. OCLC 229408792.
- Haran, Brady; Poliakoff, Martyn (21 February 2011). “How to measure the impact of chemistry on the small screen”. Nature Chemistry. 3 (3): 180–182. Bibcode:2011NatCh…3..180H. doi:10.1038/nchem.990. PMID 21336314. (subscription required)
- Haran, Brady; Poliakoff, Martyn (27 May 2011). “The Periodic Table of Videos”. Science. 332 (6033): 1046–7. Bibcode:2011Sci…332.1046H. doi:10.1126/science.1196980. PMID 21617067.