Ben K. D. Pearce, PhD Candidate in Astrophysics and Astrobiology Origins Institute, McMaster University

Ben K. D. Pearce, PhD Candidate in Astrophysics and Astrobiology
Origins Institute, McMaster University

A little about me…

My path to get here has been winding, but the variety of experiences I gathered along the way ultimately led me to the perfect career. I did my first undergrad in software engineering, after which I worked for an oil company in Calgary developing software. It wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t something I loved—there was this constant inner conflict with myself about the negative contribution I was making to the environment. After a couple years working, I moved to Berlin. Something about the culture (and the beer) really attracted me. I worked for a tech company and met tons of people from around the world with similar stories: expats searching for answers. Somewhere in all that, I became enthralled with astronomy: I would be talking about it with friends, reading articles online, I even bought Feynman’s Lectures on Physics and began reading cover-to-cover. I realized this was what I was looking for, something to care about, to really explore. I returned to Canada and did an undergrad in Astronomy at UBC. From there I found McMaster through Dr. Pudritz, who is a part of the Origins Institute. Now, I consider myself privileged to be able to spend my days searching for answers to that age old question.

Other things about me: I’m an avid fan of hot sauces and spicy foods, and in my spare time I homebrew beer. Click on the recipes tab to see some of my favourites.