Merritt Moore is a quantum physicist and professional ballet dancer. She graduated with Magna Cum Laude Honors in physics from Harvard and graduated with a PhD in Atomic and Laser Physics from the University of Oxford. She has also pursued a professional ballet career with the Zurich Ballet, Boston Ballet, English National Ballet, and Norwegian National Ballet.
She was awarded Forbes 30 under 30, Michael von Clemm Fellowship (awarded to one Harvard student a year to study at Oxford), Top Ten College Women by Glamour Magazine, Suzanne Farrell Award at Harvard, and featured in "Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls" Vol 2, alongside her inspirations such as Oprah, Angela Merkel, and JK Rowling.
She was one of the 12 selected 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.
Merritt has had enough of hearing that it is only possible to pursue dance or physics. She has worked hard to juggle both to prove that the arts and sciences are not mutually exclusive. She works to inspire young girls and boys by showing them that there is no ‘standard’ personality or path for doing so.
Currently Merritt works at the intersection of science and art- spearheading a movement which integrates the two. Whether it be a Arts residency at the Harvard ArtLab, Barbican, Imagine Science Festival, or for the London Design Festival at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Merritt creates state-of-the-art work that integrates quantum physics and dance in the form of VR films, dance installations with robots, or 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).
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