Merritt Moore

Merritt Moore

Physics on Pointe

Cabot Discovery Bar

Merritt Moore will discuss her journey as a physicist and professional ballet dancer. She will discuss why studying physics made her a better dancer, and readily discuss all the “failures” and lessons she has learned along the way, share insights into the Quantum Optics research she pursued at Oxford.

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Merritt Moore is a professional ballet dancer and physicist. She has danced with Zurich Ballet, Boston Ballet, English National Ballet, and Norwegian National Ballet. She has also graduated with honors in physics from Harvard and graduated with a PhD in Atomic and Laser Physics from Oxford.
She was awarded Forbes 30 under 30, Top Ten College Women by Glamour Magazine, and featured in “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” Vol 2, alongside her idols such as Oprah, JK Rowling and Angela Merkel.
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?“, and she continues to pursue the dream of becoming an astronaut, while pursuing a professional ballet and physics career.