Usman Kayani

I'm missing the questions!

Favourite Thing: I <3 Physics! Particularly playing with the equations that describe our universe, for me its like playing with lego or modelling clay :D.



Norlington School (2001-2006), Sir George Monoux College (2006-2008), Kings College London (2008-present)


11 GCSE’s. A-levels (Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics), AS-level (Computing, Psychology, Communications). Mathematics MSci, PhD Theoretical Physics (Current: first year)

Work History:

I used to work at River Island long long ago. I also tutored in Mathematics/Physics.

Current Job:

I’m currently in my first year working on my PhD in Theoretical Physics. I’m also a TA or Tutor for undergraduate courses in Mathematics.


Kings College London

Me and my work

I get to battle the beasts that are black holes, trying to understand their mysterious properties and what they look like in terms of their geometry near the horizon (the point of no return).


I’m a Theoretical physicist, which means I get to create a whole universe in my mind described by beautiful mathematical equations. Unlike Experimental (Particle, Astro) physicists who play with things like particle accelerators or telescopes and collect data, the experiments I get to do are thought experiments limited to as far as my imagination can take me!  Einstein was a well-known theoretical physicist and its remarkable to think that the theories he came up with to explain the nature of light and gravity were initiated as a result of some simple thought experiments and were based on pure mathematical theory. Yet since then, the predictions that he made have been confirmed by countless experiments to an extraordinary level of accuracy and without them we wouldn’t be able to use many modern technologies that we take for granted today. Another famous thought experiment is Schrödinger’s cat, which explores some of the weird features of the Quantum world – in your mind, which is a relief for the cat!

…Oh and Blackholes are my game 🙂 – Feel free to ask me questions regarding this or anything and I’ll try my best to answer them.

My Typical Day

Its hard to say exactly as its never the same but I’m always pondering the nature of reality, time and space as these things tend to get twisted and pushed to the extremes near a blackhole.

What I'd do with the money

I would use the money to fund and help those less fortunate around the world and those who don’t typically have the luxury to do physics for fun.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Crazy ambitious theorist

Who is your favourite singer or band?

It’s hard to pick a favorite as I enjoy different genre’s depending on my mood, but I do enjoy listening to Lowkey (UK Rapper) whom I’ve met in person at my university!

What is the most fun thing you've done?

I’ve tried bungee jumping which was awesome!!! I hope that one day I will skydive too.

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

1) Get more people (like everyone!) interested in physics and to see the beauty in it that I do, 2) Get through to the end of my PhD, becoming Dr U Kayani while keeping my sanity intact and 3) I’d donate my last wish to YOU, what would YOU do? or I could ask for a time machine and start again from my first…or I could initiate an infinite loop: First wish: I wish that I had only one wish left. Last wish: I wish I had an infinite amount of wishes, repeat first wish.

What did you want to be after you left school?

A computer scientist! Although I did enjoy physics, I couldn’t get my head around maths at first and I wasn’t particularly fond of it – until I started my A-levels, when things started to click.

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

A few times, some serious and others not so much (like for talking in class). I wasn’t trying to get in trouble though, it just kind of happened sometimes lol.

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

I’ve just recently started as a PhD researcher, but during my second year as an undergraduate I came up with my own unique systematic algorithm to solve certain types of (non-)linear differential equations, these are types of equations which arise in many fields including physics, economics, mathematical biology..etc.

Tell us a joke.

Two protons walk into a blackhole.

Other stuff

Work photos:

Some beautiful artist depictions of blackholes:

Some of the types of mathematics I do, this is something called differential geometry which is essential for doing research in blackholes but not essential to understand them – I just learnt this stuff under a year ago myself!