About

Hi, I’m Jon.

Welcome to my little corner of the internet, where I put some of my favourite science stories. I use this blog to hone my writing skills and my aim is to present scientific stories in interesting and humorous ways.

For those who are curious about the name Thoughtful Pharaoh, it’s a play on my name, Jon Farrow. I am a science communicator in the UK, relatively fresh out of studies in Edinburgh, Scotland (MSc. Science Communication) and Hamilton, Ontario (Bachelor of Arts & Science).

I started this blog in 2012 as a place to put interesting astronomy coursework after it was done. Then it evolved into my contribution to a friend’s essay-a-week competition and in the summer of 2013 I started my first series: Awesome extinct animals. The blog went quiet for a while after that, until mid-way through my sci-comm degree, when I decided to write 26 articles, released once a week: the ABCs of Interesting Things. More recently, it’s been a repository for Thoughts for the Week and Monthly Mailbags.

Outside of the blog, I work at the Royal Institution as the Public Programme Producer, putting on science events for adults. I also do write and present videos for the Ri YouTube channel.

I am always happy to hear from anybody who reads the blog and if you want to get in touch, leave a comment here or reach out on twitter (@farrowjon).  If you have a topic in mind that I haven’t covered yet, let me know and I’ll get to it asap.

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