"Johnny Ball's ability to make the obscure understandable has already been well proven" - The Sunday Times
Johnny is a popularizer of science and mathematics, writing and presenting 23 Solo Television series, with "Think of a Number", "Think Again", etc (BBC), and "Johnny Ball Reveals All" (ITV). His TV shows and videos won 12 awards, including a BAFTA., a New York International Emmy nomination, and the ITVA "Presenter of the Year" Craft Award.
8 Books include- "Think of a Number" or "Go Figure" in the USA, for DK - sales in over 30 countries, including Japan, Russia, Korea. It explains the many branches of Maths. "Mathmagicians" published July 2009, sister book to "Think of a Number." "Ball of Confusion" Maths Puzzles - Icon Books, 2011
Recent TV includes "Bang Goes the Theory", Capture recapture and how to count London Taxis. Chelsea Flower Show, "The Mathematics of Plant Growth", Horizon Report - "Immortal - an exploration of why we age." Radio - Ball of Confusion, Family Business and Inspirations.
He has written and produced five educational stage musicals. “Tales of Maths and Legends” launched Maths Year 2000, and packed major theatres (160,000) followed by “Tales of Blooming Science” for DFES Science Year. Previous productions were "Think of a Number" Roadshow (13 years), "Michael Faraday’s All Electric Roadshow", "Let the Force be with You!" (250,000) and “Energy Champions”. His British Aerospace “Mind Zone” Live Show SOLD OUT FOR ALL SHOWS at the Millennium Dome throughout 2000.
Enthusing on prospects for science and technology, recent addresses include the Oxford Union (twice), RAF Cranwell, I.Mec.E, Unilever, Procter and Gamble, Airbus UK, Dyson, Bae, Rolls Royce, 100 years of the Electron for Sheffield Univs, Chinese Science for a Beijing Exhibition in Manchester, Histories of Shipping & Medical Science, lectures on Einstein, Darwin, Dalton, Priestley and Brunel, and Maths master classes for Southampton, Warwick, Imperial, Lincoln, John Moores Univs, etc. He once made 40 speeches in two weeks. His Voice-Over clients include BBC, BT, National Express, Nat Space Centre, Fiat Punto, One Tel, Innocent Smoothies, Gortex, Chedds and Help Link, etc. He has represented the DFES on social issues - Life Long Learning, BECTA, Learn Direct, Etc.
As an Ambassador for British Engineering, he hosted presentations for National Grid (9 yrs) and all branches of Engineering. At the Tomorrow’s World Live Exhibition, he delivered 7 new lectures for Young Engineers and ran the DFES “Future Maths” stand. He wrote, produced and presented “Structures”, a highly inter-active CD ROM for the Gatsby Technology Program. Johnny enlivens many educational or corporate events, awards evenings and dinners annually - IET Awards, Plastics Industry dinner, and speaks on Waste Management, Nuclear Energy and Climate Change.
Johnny was Lord Rector of Glasgow University 1994/6; President Nat Assoc for Gifted Children 1991/7; He has four honorary doctorates in Science from Glasgow (1997) Sheffield Hallam (1998) , Salford (2001) and Brighton (2012) Universities, one in Laws from Bishop Grossteste, Lincoln, Leicester University (2007) and is an honorary fellow of Liverpool John Moores University (2006) and the Institute of Teachers (2010). He received a Silver Medal for the Public Promotion of Engineering from the RAE (2007). JB devised GET SET which puts 400 girls through 26 projects at Imperial College annually, opened the Science Museum's Launch Pad and hosted its 10th Anniversary. Recent education campaigns include Maths for ASDA & SEEDA, BAE’s “Engineering our Future” & Hewlett Packard's "Invent" campaigns. As a Maths, Science and Educational pundit, he is frequently on radio and TV.
As a late 60's comedian, he appeared in Val Doonican and Harry Secombe TV Shows, compered ITV's 1967 Christmas Night Spectacular, the first Rolling Stones Tour, starred in Sadlers Wells Opera, featured in Playschool for 17 years, wrote Playaway and adult TV comedy before turning to factual information. He recently took up drumming again (after 40 years) and represented Roland Drums for "Keep Music Live" at Birmingham NEC.
Johnny is President of the Slough Windsor and Maidenhead Theatre Company, of Farnham Common Library and is party to building and setting up a new Free School for Lynch Hill Academy, Slough.
Famous daughter Zoe presents Take Two for BBC TV and on BBC Radio 2 while husband Norman aka Fat Boy Slim’s concerts are legendary. Son Nick’s first film (director/co-writer) won a World Award and second script was filmed in California. Son Dan is a structural engineer. Johnny’s hobbies are writing, research, drums, the five grandchildren and golf and wife Di keeps Johnny "On the Ball" at their home in South Bucks.