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Chris Ferrie
Born
Christopher Ferrie

1982
Nationality Canadian
Education University of Waterloo, University of New Mexico and University of Technology Sydney
Occupation mathematician, researcher, lecturer, and children's book author

Chris Ferrie (born 1982) is a Canadian physicist, mathematician, researcher, and children's book author.

Ferrie studied at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario Canada, where he earned a BSc in mathematical physics, a masters in applied mathematics, and a PhD in applied mathematics on Theory and Applications of Probability in Quantum Mechanics.

From 2013 to 2014 he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Quantum Information and Control of the University of New Mexico.

From 2015 to 2017 he was a postdoctoral research associate and since 2017 he has been working as a senior lecturer at the Centre for Engineer Quantum Systems of the University of Technology Sydney.

Ferrie is the creator and author of the children's book brand Baby University, a series of board books and picture books that introduce complex subjects to children.

In 2017, Ferrie joined the production of a 52 episodes video online course “Physics For Babies”. In the video series, Dr. Chris and Mengmeng, an animated koala, together introduce some basic concepts of physics such as quantum physics, optics and electromagnetism to school age kids through stories, classes and interactive games. The series was produced by Mecoo Media in Australia and was broadcast from May 2017 to May 2018 on China’s online platforms. This is also the first marketing of Dr. Chris’ image in the Chinese market.

From February 2018 to November 2019, Ferrie worked with CCPPG (China Children's Press & Publication Group) and Mecoo Media and published a 50 book series “Red Kangaroo Thousands Physics Whys”. The series explains various science phenomenons around kids’ everyday life in simple terms through lively conversation between Dr. Chris and a very cute Red Kangaroo. The series cover 5 themes including everyday physics, quantum physics, newtonian physics, optical physics and aerodynamics. This set of books has become a must read book for children in many kindergartens in China. Sourcebooks has preempted world English rights to the Red Kangaroo series in 2018.

On the 30th of April 2020 Ferrie announced that he was joining an Australian science podcast called Sci-gasm.

Ferrie is married and father of four children.

Books

series Title Publisher Place ISBN13 first publication Format Dimensions
Baby University 8 Little Planets Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2018-10-02 Board book / 18 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 295g
Baby University I (Heart) Pluto Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-04-07 Board book / 18 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 329g
Baby University There Was a Black Hole that Swallowed the Universe Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2019-09-03 Hardback / 40 p. 210 x 260 x 38mm ~ 385g
Baby University The Cat in the Box Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2019-07-04 Hardback / 48 p. 144 x 220 x 38mm ~ 225g
Baby University Pranklab (announced) Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2021-04-01 Paperback / 224 p. 146 x 203 x 38.1mm
Baby University. Z Is for Zoom: A Scientific Alphabet of How Things Go, from Alternator to Zerk Fitting Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-04-21 Board book / 26 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 329g
Baby University. Let's Let's Fly a Plane! : Launching into the Science of Flight with Aerospace Engineering Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-06-02 Hardback / 40 p. 235 x 235 x 38mm ~ 365g
Baby University. Let's Let's Ride a Wave! : Diving into the Science of Light and Sound Waves with Physics Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-06-02 Hardback / 40 p. 235 x 235 x 38mm ~ 365g
Baby University. Let's Let's Get Moving! : Speeding into the Science of Motion with Newtonian Physics Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-06-02 Hardback / 40 p. 235 x 235 x 38mm ~ 385g
Baby University. Let's Let's Make a Rainbow! : Seeing the Science of Light with Optical Physics Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-06-02 Hardback / 40 p. 235 x 235 x 38mm ~ 365g
Baby University. Let's Let's Race! : Sprinting into the Science of Light Speed with Special Relativity Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-08-04 Hardback / 40 p. 235 x 235 x 38mm ~ 365g
Baby University. Let's Let's Clean Up! : Unpacking the Science of Messy Rooms with Statistical Physics Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-08-04 Hardback / 40 p. 235 x 235 x 38mm ~ 365g
Baby University. Let's Let's Time Travel! : Zooming into the Science of Space-Time with General Relativity Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-10-06 Hardback / 40 p. 235 x 235 x 38mm ~ 365g
Baby University. Let's Let's Power Up! : Charging into the Science of Electric Currents with Electrical Engineering Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-10-06 Hardback / 40 p. 235 x 235 x 38mm ~ 365g
Baby University. Let's Let's Get Tiny! : Jumping into the Science of the Smallest Part of Matter with Quantum Physics Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-12-01 Hardback / 40 p. 235 x 235 x 38mm ~ 385g
Baby University. Let's Let's Get Glowing! : Revealing the Science of Radioactivity with Nuclear Physics Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-12-01 Hardback / 40 p. 235 x 235 x 38mm ~ 329g
Baby University. A Scientific Parody Goodnight Lab Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2019-10-01 Board book / 26 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 480g
Baby University. A Scientific Parody Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See? Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-01-07 Board book / 26 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 380g
Baby University. A Scientific Parody Goodnight Lab Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2017-11-27 Hardback / 32 p. 210 x 260 x 38mm ~ 375g
Baby University. A Scientific Parody Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See? Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2018-04-03 Hardback / 32 p. 210 x 260 x 38mm ~ 385g
Baby University. ABCs of ABC's of Physics Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2018-02-26 Board book / 26 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 410g
Baby University. ABCs of ABC's of Mathematics Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2018-02-26 Board book / 26 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 375g
Baby University. ABCs of ABC's of Space Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2018-05-01 Board book / 26 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 365g
Baby University. ABCs of ABC's of Biology Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2018-06-05 Board book / 26 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 329g
Baby University. ABCs of ABC's of Science Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2018-09-04 Board book / 26 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 385g
Baby University. ABCs of ABC's of Engineering Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2019-01-01 Board book / 26 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 365g
Baby University. ABCs of ABC's of Oceanography Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-08-18 Board book / 26 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 329g
Baby University. ABCs of ABC's of Economics Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-08-18 Board book / 26 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 365g
Baby University. ABCs of ABC's of Geography (announced) Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2022-02-06 Board book / 26 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~
Baby University. for Babies Newtonian Physics for babies Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2017-09-26 Board book / 24 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 375g
Baby University. for Babies Optical Physics for babies Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2017-10-02 Board book / 24 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 295g
Baby University. for Babies Quantum Entanglement for babies Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2017-10-02 Board book / 24 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 375g
Baby University. for Babies Quantum Physics for babies Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2017-10-09 Board book / 24 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 375g
Baby University. for Babies Rocket Science for babies Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2017-10-09 Board book / 24 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 375g
Baby University. for Babies General Relativity for babies Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2017-12-18 Board book / 24 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 300g
Baby University. for Babies Statistical Physics for babies Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2018-01-02 Board book / 24 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 365g
Baby University. for Babies Electromagnetism for babies Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2018-01-02 Board book / 24 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 365g
Baby University. for Babies Quantum Information for babies Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2018-01-02 Board book / 24 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 410g
Baby University. for Babies Quantum Computing for babies Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2018-04-03 Board book / 24 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 329g
Baby University. for Babies Organic Chemistry for babies Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2018-05-01 Board book / 24 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 410g
Baby University. for Babies Nuclear Physics for babies Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2018-05-01 Board book / 24 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 410g
Baby University. for Babies Evolution for babies Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2018-06-05 Board book / 24 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 365g
Baby University. for Babies Astrophysics for babies Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2018-07-03 Board book / 24 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 295g
Baby University. for Babies Blockchain for babies Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2019-01-01 Board book / 24 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 295g
Baby University. for Babies Robotics for babies Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2019-03-01 Board book / 24 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 329g
Baby University. for Babies Neural Networks for babies Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2019-03-01 Board book / 24 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 365g
Baby University. for Babies Bayesian probability for babies Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2019-07-02 Board book / 24 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 329g
Baby University. for Babies Climate change for babies Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-08-18 Board book / 24 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 295g
Baby University. for Babies Pandemics for babies Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-10-27 Board book / 24 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 365g
Baby University. for Babies Germ Theory for babies Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2021-02-02 Board book / 24 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~ 300g
Baby University. for Babies Archaeology for babies (announced) Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2022-03-01 Board book / 24 p. 203 x 203 x 25mm ~
My first STEAM words My First 100 Engineering Words Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-04-01 Board book / 24 p. 254 x 254mm
My first STEAM words My First 100 Bug Words (announced) Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-04-01 Board book / 24 p. 133 x 159 x 32mm ~
My first STEAM words My First 100 Science words Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-04-07 Board book / 24 p. 133 x 159 x 32mm ~ 275g
My first STEAM words My First 100 Engineering Words Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-04-07 Board book / 24 p. 133 x 159 x 32mm ~ 275g
My first STEAM words My First 100 Art Words Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-04-07 Board book / 24 p. 133 x 159 x 32mm ~ 275g
My first STEAM words My First 100 Mathematics Words Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-04-07 Board book / 24 p. 133 x 159 x 32mm ~ 275g
My first STEAM words My First 100 Science words Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-04-07 Board book / 24 p. 133 x 159 x 32mm ~ 275g
My first STEAM words My First 100 Technology Words Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-11-03 Board book / 24 p. 133 x 159 x 32mm ~ 275g
My first STEAM words My First 100 Ocean Words Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-12-01 Board book / 24 p. 133 x 159 x 32mm ~ 275g
My first STEAM words My First 100 Nature Words Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2020-12-01 Board book / 24 p. 133 x 159 x 32mm ~ 275g
My first STEAM words My First 100 Weather Words (announced) Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2021-01-05 Board book / 24 p. 133 x 159 x 32mm ~ 275g
My first STEAM words My First 100 Space Words Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2021-02-01 Board book / 24 p. 133 x 159 x 32mm ~ 275g
My first STEAM words My First 100 Construction Words Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2021-08-03 Board book / 24 p. 133 x 159 x 32mm ~
My first STEAM words My First 100 Animal Words Sourcebooks Inc. Naperville, US 2021-08-03 Board book / 24 p. 133 x 159 x 32mm ~

Awards

  • Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2017)
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