Brady Haran

Brady Haran

Haran at the Dead Sea, 2013
Personal information
Born (1976-06-18) 18 June 1976
Adelaide, Australia
Nationality Australian, British
Residence Bristol, United Kingdom

Brady John Haran (born 18 June 1976) is an Australian independent filmmaker and video journalist who is known for his educational videos and documentary films produced for BBC News and also for his YouTube channels, such as Numberphile and Periodic Videos.[1][2]


Brady Haran studied journalism for a year before being hired by The Adelaide Advertiser. In 2002, he moved from Australia to Nottingham, United Kingdom. In Nottingham, he worked for the BBC, began to work with film, and reported for East Midlands Today, BBC News Online and BBC radio stations.[3][4][5]

In 2007, Haran worked as a filmmaker-in-residence for Nottingham Science City,[3][6] as part of an agreement between the BBC and The University of Nottingham.[7] His "Test Tube" project started with the idea of producing a documentary about scientists and their research, but he decided to upload his raw footage to YouTube; from that point "Periodic Videos" and "Sixty Symbols" were developed.[3][6] Haran then left the BBC to work full-time making YouTube videos.[8]

Following "Test Tube", Haran decided to create new YouTube channels.[3] In his first 5 years as an independent filmmaker he made over 1500 videos.[8] In 2012, he was the producer, editor, and interviewer behind 12 YouTube channels[8] such as The Periodic Table of Videos,[9] Sixty Symbols and Numberphile.[3] Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff received the Royal Society of Chemistry Nyholm Prize for Education in 2011 for work taking chemistry education to a wider audience; this included his work with Haran on The Periodic Table of Videos.[10] Haran is also the co-host of the podcast Hello Internet, along with YouTube educator CGP Grey.

In 2016, Haran was one of three recipients of the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal and Prize, along with Professors Michael Merrifield and Philip Moriarty for their work using the Sixty Symbols project to help promote a public understanding of physics.[11] This work has contributed to the setting up of the Ogden Trust backed Sixty Symbols Ogden Fellowship.[12]

On 20 July, 2016, he was awarded a Doctor of Letters honoris causa by the University of Nottingham.[13]


Working with Sir Martyn Poliakoff, Haran's videos explaining chemistry and science for non-technical persons received positive recognition.[1] Together, they have made over 500 short videos that cover the elements and other chemistry-related topics. Their YouTube channel has had more than 120 million views.[14] Their Gold Bullion Vault, shot in the vaults of The Bank of England, was released 7 December 2012, and received more than two million hits in the next two months.[15][16] Also, Haran and Poliakoff authored an article in the Nature Chemistry journal[17] and an essay on Science journal[18] discussing the impact of The Periodic Table of Videos.

YouTube channels

Haran frequently collaborates with professionals and experts, who often appear in his videos to discuss subjects relevant to their work. Most notably his series Periodic Videos features chemist Sir Martyn Poliakoff, with the series also featuring chemist Stephen Liddle. The Numberphile channel has hosted a wide array of guests and presenters, including mathematicians James Grime, Elwyn Berlekamp, John Conway, Persi Diaconis, Rob Eastaway, David Eisenbud, Edward Frenkel, Hannah Fry, Ron Graham, Lisa Goldberg, Barry Mazur, and Ken Ribet, computer scientists Don Knuth and Carlo H. Séquin, scientists Brian Butterworth, Ed Copeland, Laurence Eaves, and Clifford Stoll, and scientific writers and popularizers Alex Bellos, Steve Mould, Matt Parker, Tom Scott, and Simon Singh.[19]

Hello Internet

Main article: Hello Internet
The official flag of the Hello Internet podcast.

In January 2014, Haran launched the podcast Hello Internet along with co-host CGP Grey, another YouTube content creator and educator. The podcast peaked as the No. 1 iTunes podcast in United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Canada, and Australia.[20] It was selected as one of Apple's best new podcasts of 2014.[21] Grey reported a podcast listenership of approximately "a quarter million" downloads per episode as of September 2015.[22]

The podcast features discussions pertaining to their lives as professional content creators for YouTube, as well as their interests and annoyances. Typical topics include new gadgets, technology etiquette, workplace efficiency, wristwatches, plane accidents, vexillology, and the differences between Haran's and Grey's personal mannerisms.[23] As a result of their conversations, Haran has been credited for coining the term "freebooting" to refer to the unauthorized rehosting of online media.[24] The podcast has an official flag called Nail & Gear.[25][26]




  1. 1 2 Chemical Sciences Roundtable, National Research Council (2011). Chemistry in Primetime and Online: Communicating Chemistry in Informal Environments. National Academies Press. pp. 47–49, 54. ISBN 9780309187701. OCLC 756496720.
  2. "Brady Haran's website". Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 Gurney, James (14 February 2012). "Impact Speaks To Brady Haran". Impact. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  4. "iCan reporter: Brady Haran". BBC. July 2004. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  5. "Quick chat with Brady – Numberphile Live". YouTube – Numberphile. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  6. 1 2 "Nottingham science stories win international award". The University of Nottingham. August 2008. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  7. "Test Tube". Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  8. 1 2 3 Starke, Petra (29 January 2013). "YouTube 'how to' videos increasingly popular in Australia". Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  9. OCLC 310981502, 731853864
  10. "Nyholm Prize for Education 2011 Winner". Royal Society of Chemistry. Royal Society of Chemistry. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  11. "Doctor of Letters". Nottinghamscience.
  12. "Haran's YouTube Channel". YouTube. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  13. "Inside the Bank of England's gold bullion vault". The Daily Telegraph. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  14. Usborne, Simon (30 January 2013). "How to explain absolutely anything: Academics pick apart mysteries of the cosmos on YouTube". The Independent. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  15. Haran, B.; Poliakoff, M. (2011). "How to measure the impact of chemistry on the small screen". Nature Chemistry. 3 (3): 180–182. Bibcode:2011NatCh...3..180H. doi:10.1038/nchem.990. ISSN 1755-4330. OCLC 4795274937. PMID 21336314.
  16. Haran, B.; Poliakoff, M. (2011). "The Periodic Table of Videos". Science. 332 (6033): 1046–1047. Bibcode:2011Sci...332.1046H. doi:10.1126/science.1196980. ISSN 0036-8075. OCLC 4898209818. PMID 21617067.
  17. "Numberphile - Videos about Numbers and Stuff". Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  18. "CGP Grey & Brady Haran – 'Hello Internet' American iTunes Chart Performance". Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  19. Haran, Brady; Grey, CGP (25 December 2014). "Bumper Christmas Special". Hello Internet (Podcast). Retrieved 2015-05-15.
  20. Haran, Brady; Grey, CGP (29 September 2015). "Grumpy About Art". Hello Internet (Podcast). Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  21. "Top 3 Podcasts You Must Listen To in 2016". Intention Deficit. 31 December 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  22. Oremus, Will (July 2015). "Facebook's Piracy Problem". Slate. The Slate Group LLC. Retrieved July 2015. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  23. Haran, Brady; Grey, C.G.P. (16 December 2015). "Two Dudes Counting". Hello Internet (Podcast). Retrieved 2015-12-31.
  24. "Hello, Hello Internet!". 22 November 2015. Retrieved 2015-12-31.
  25. Haran, Brady. "Brady Haran – video journalist & film-maker". Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  26. "BBC 2006 review" (PDF). BBC Press Office. 2006. pp. 16, 17. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  27. "Watch again: Alexandra Road". BBC. 26 November 2007. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  28. and "2008 International Business Awards Honorees". 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  29. 1 2 "Periodic tables professor Martyn Poliakoff is cult hit". BBC News. 25 February 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  30. "What element do you want for Christmas (with video)". This is Nottingham. 15 December 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  31. "41st Annual Creativity International Awards". Creativity International Awards. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  32. "16th Annual Webby Awards Nominees & Winners". The Webby Awards. Archived from the original on 12 April 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  33. "Some photos from the Webbys". Periodic Videos – Video Journalist Brady Haran. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  34. "2016 Kelvin Medal and prize of the Institute of Physics". Institute of Physics. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  35. "Doctor of Letters". Brady Haran. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016.

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