Stunt scientist Tom Pringle. Photo by Douglas McBride.
A Scottish stunt scientist who specialises in unusual
experiments has been confirmed for this year's New Zealand
International Science Festival in Dunedin.
Tom Pringle, also known as Dr Bunhead, describes himself as
''a performance scientist who likes showing off and blowing
He has Guinness world records for the most potatoes fired
from a spud-cannon in three minutes and for making the
longest glow-in-the-dark necklace, which was simultaneously
worn by 108 people.
His other experiments include big indoor clouds and
''I'll be joyriding through the world of science using an
anarchic blend of wow factor demonstrations, bringing
audiences face-to-face with the silly, crazy, dirty,
dangerous and magnificent side of science,'' Mr Pringle said.
The Edinburgh-based freelance science communicator has an
international reputation as a pioneer of performance-science
''My shows are especially suitable for anyone who hates, or
hated, science at school and in each show I tease out some
science explanations behind the everyday experiences and
objects that we take for granted.''
He previously attended the 2000 New Zealand International
Science Festival and festival director Chris Green said he
was delighted to have him back.
''He takes everyday objects and turns them into 'a
science-themed barrage of contraptions, whooshes, bangs and
flashes' - to use his own colourful description,'' Mr Green
said yesterday. The New Zealand International Science
Festival will be held in Dunedin from July 5 to 13.
The full festival programme will be officially announced
later this month, with tickets on sale from early June.
The festival has been held in Dunedin every two years since
1998, to celebrate science, technology and the natural