Dr Clara Barker
I am a proud pansexual transwoman and I am a materials scientist. //
I manage the Centre for Applied Superconductivity in the materials department at Oxford University, following a PhD and various post-docs as a thin-film material scientist. I am the vice-chair of the LGBT+ advisory group at OxUni and won the first diversity role-model award from the University in 2018. I run a youth group for LGBTI+ people, with a support group for their parents. I give many talks in schools sharing my story or explaining LGBTI+ 101s. I share my story as a trans scientist who, for so long, believed that coming out as trans would be career ending. I vocally campaign for trans rights, reminding people that the fight for LGBTI+ equality is not yet won. I write and talk at various events and can be found on Twitter, YouTube and other places. I also love to highlight LGBTI+ hidden histories in museums. For my volunteer work I won a Points of Light Award from the UK Prime Minister in 2017. It’s amazing how often I hear “you don’t look like a scientist,” which is telling.