Fulneck teacher awarded Sir Patrick Moore Medal

22 January 2020

The head of science at Fulneck School in Pudsey had been awarded the prestigious Sir Patrick Moore medal for teaching geophysics.

Assistant Principal Dr Caroline Neuberg received the award from the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) in recognition of her achievements, which include installing seismometers and running training workshops for students and teachers.

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Historic: Fulneck School, Pudsey

The RAS said:

“Dr Neuberg has been a tireless and enthusiastic promoter of geophysics and astronomy to both hundreds of school children and other physics teachers over the past ten years.

“She initiated a similar programme and installed 10 seismometers in Maori schools in New Zealand.

“In astrophysics, Caroline leads a project which attracts students from Leeds primary and secondary schools, using microscopes to look at the rocks.

“Caroline clearly inspires students and teachers alike, both in this country and overseas, and is a very worthy winner of the Patrick Moore Medal.”

Dr Neuberg said:

“This is a great honour. I’m grateful to the positive and encouraging support from Fulneck School and my science team.

“I also would like to acknowledge the Royal Society and the Institute for Research In Schools for offering opportunities regarding my professional development, which I can pass on to my students here at Fulneck School but also other local schools.

“Promoting geophysics and seismology would not have been possible without the strong encouragement by the Ogden Trust and the ongoing cooperation with the Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds.”

Fulneck School’s Principal, Paul Taylor, congratulated Dr Neuberg on her recognition. He said:

“Caroline is a very humble person, and is thrilled and embarrassed in equal measure by this award. She inspires our pupils through her passion for all-things physics and spreads her gold-dust through her work with the Ogden Trust and local schools.

“Caroline also runs our impressive programme for High Achievers. Our pupils are incredibly fortunate to be taught by a professional with such expertise, charisma and total dedication to enriching their lives.”

Fulneck School is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3-18, founded in the Moravian settlement of Fulneck, Pudsey, in 1753.

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