International honours for QE physicist – again!

For the second consecutive year, QE will furnish one of the five members of the team representing Great Britain in the International Physics Olympiad (IPO).

Aniruddh Ragu (pictured left) will not only go to this summer’s IPO, but won a prize as the top-performing student in the selection process and also gained the British Physics Olympiad Theoretical Prize, sponsored by the National Physical Laboratory.

He will travel to Astana in Kazakhstan to compete in the IPO between 13th and 21st July, following in the footsteps of another QE boy, Madhi Elango, who last year achieved a bronze medal as the GB team came third in Copenhagen.

“Both boys made it to the final 15 who took part in this year’s selection week for the international squad at Oxford University,” said Physics teacher Ashley Dyson. “QE was the only school to have more than one finalist, so both Madhi and Aniruddh are to be congratulated on their achievements. They have been very impressive in their ability to dissect the problems they have been asked to solve and their diligence has been well rewarded.”

""The competition posed a daunting challenge, with much of the physics substantially more complex than that encountered at A-level. Topics have included the vis-viva equation for elliptical orbits of objects in the solar system and the equations of relativity and time dilation.

For winning the British Physics Olympiad Theoretical prize, Aniruddh was presented at the Royal Society with a TI-Nspire graphical calculator given by Texas Instruments. He was presented with his award for his outstanding performance as a finalist by Murat Rustemov, Second Secretary at the Kazakhstan Embassy.

""The School is also celebrating after it won the A2 Texas instruments science prize of a similar calculator with classroom data-logging equipment. Students will now receive specialist training in how to use this later this term. This was also presented at the Royal Society, where the ceremony was attended by Texas Instruments’ Marketing Manager, Mark de Heip.