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Dear Professor Poliakoff

Sir Martyn Poliakoff CBE FRS, a British chemistry professor researching the applications of supercritical fluids in green chemistry. He is probably best known for his appearances in the Periodic Table of Videos by videojournalist Brady Haran at http://www.periodicvideos.com/. Photo from the Royal Society.

I write to thank you for your contributions to the promotion of science at Periodic Videos.

While I am now training to be a journalist at university, I was originally set on a career in the natural sciences. Despite my journalism background, I still find it difficult to articulate my sorrow at having given up a life of science for one of the creative arts; I have never found more accomplishment in anything than successfully grasping the intricacies of the natural sciences and coming a little bit closer to understanding the universe around me.

I believe that you have been responsible for inspiring countless young people, including myself, to gain an interest for the sciences. Your enthusiasm for and appreciation of chemistry is clearly evident whenever you appear on Periodic Videos.

Like many young people in developed societies, I believe, I grew up in an academic setting where the natural sciences were boring and repetitive — a constant drone of textbooks and theory—but my love of science was sustained because of individuals such as yourself, who demonstrate the excitement of learning and knowledge every single day.

Thank you for sharing the love of knowledge with me and everybody else. Thank you for making it cool to study science. I hope that, in addition to your scientific research, you will continue to educate and celebrate the wonders of chemistry.

By Leo Ji

software engineer and news nerd