– patron of the Ballet Academy
Merritt Moore is a professional ballet dancer and quantum physicist. Merritt has danced with the Zurich Ballet, Boston Ballet, English National Ballet, London Contemporary Ballet Theatre and currently the Norwegian National Ballet, while graduating with honours in physics at Harvard, and graduating with a PhD in Quantum Optics at Oxford University.
She was awarded Forbes 30 under 30 in 2018, featured in “Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls”, alongside inspiring women such as Oprah, Angela Merkel, JK Rowling and Audrey Hepburn, and listed as the “Top 5 Inspiring women in science you need to know”. She was one of the 12 selected astronaut candidates, out of thousands of applicants, to undergo rigorous astronaut selection on BBC Two “Astronauts: Do you have what it takes?”, and she continues to pursue the dream of becoming an astronaut, while pursuing a professional ballet and physics career.
Merritt’s motivation is to prove that the arts and sciences are not mutually exclusive. She works to inspire young girls and boys by showing them that there is no ‘standard’ personality or path for doing so. Merritt has been invited to give talks around the world such as a TEDx in Oxford and preshow for Diavolo at the LA Music Center. She has created a science-art-sisters (@SASters_squad) to encourage young students who dream of pursuing both, and she has been on the organizing committee for the Oxford Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics. Merritt was awarded Top Ten College Women of 2010 by Glamour Magazine and the Suzanne Farrell Award at Harvard. She was awarded the Michael von Clemm Fellowship (award to only one Harvard student a year) to study at Oxford.
Taken from physicsonpointe.com.