James Bishop grew up in Cradley Heath, one of many towns within the Black Country industrial area west of Birmingham. After obtaining A-Levels in Physics, Maths and History at King Edwards VI College Stourbridge, he attended The University of Sheffield graduating with an MPhys in 2015.
During his studies James developed an interest in renewable energy, particularly in the field of organic electronics. After completing third and fourth year projects in organic photovoltaics and organic radical batteries respectively, James began a PhD in perovskite photovoltaics under Prof David Lidzey in 2015.
Outside of physics James enjoys a range of sports including running, hiking and climbing. James is also a keen football fan and supports Aston Villa. In his spare time he enjoys computer games and science-fiction/fantasy.