My name is Jolyon Bloomfield, and I'm from Australia. I grew up in a tiny town called Uki, but I had these awesome views out of my bedroom window, so I couldn't really complain (the mountain to the left in the second photo is Mt Warning, the first point in Australia to receive sunlight in the morning). Through many years of highschool, I thought I was going to be a doctor, or go into medical research. And then the physics olympiad caught me. I represented Australia at the Asian and International Physics Olympiads in 2002, and never looked back.
The Australian National University invited me to study physics in their Bachelor of Philosophy program, which I did for four years. Sometime during my undergraduate, I decided that I would go overseas to do my graduate degree. I was encouraged by my professors, and one person in particular said that I should apply to Cornell University. I actually got into Cornell, and spent the next six years studying general relativity, cosmology, and particle physics. I've recently moved to Boston to continue my research work at MIT.
I like to ski, play bridge, and do ballroom and swing dancing. Every now and again, I manage to play the piano, and have even recorded a full length CD. Sometimes I get the exercise bug, and get fit for a couple of months. The last time I did so, I ended up swimming across Cayuga Lake, a distance of about 2 miles. I have a blog that I update (very) sporadically, if you really want to learn who I am.Download Vision Statement
This is my vision statement (May 2012). It details where I come from, and where I'm going.