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.
In 2019 James was awarded his PhD with a thesis entitled "Development and Optimisation of Efficient Spray-Coated Perovskite Solar Cells". Since September 2019 he has undertaken a Postdoctoral position within EPMM. Outside of physics James enjoys a range of sports including cycling and hiking in the peak district national park.