We are proud to announce and would like to congratulate former pupil of Ounsdale, Wendy Sadler, for receiving an MBE today for her work in Science.
When Wolverhampton-born science communicator Wendy Sadler collects her MBE at Buckingham Palace today, she’ll be showcasing the wonder of science – right down to the fabric of her dress.
When Wendy found out she had been awarded an MBE for her services to science in the Birthday Honours, she was determined to find a way to reflect her love of science on the day. She turned to colleague and Design Engineer Debbie Syrop, and together they created a very special dress.
The pair recorded Wendy’s children shouting her company name Science Made Simple! into a microphone, and turned the recording into a beautiful sound wave (pictured above). That wave was then printed onto the fabric for Wendy’s one-of-a-kind science-themed dress.
Wendy grew up in Wombourne and went to Ounsdale School before studying Physics and Music at Cardiff University. She established social enterprise ‘Science made Simple’ to share her joy of science, and from its base in Cardiff, it now runs outreach programmes with schools and pupils across Britain. (www.sciencemadesimple.co.uk)
Speaking about this unique project she said:
“I wanted to make a statement with a dress that showed the inner beauty of science. To me, physics is beautiful because it is a way of making sense of the patterns all around us in nature.
“People instinctively understand what they can see with their own eyes, and so I’ve always believed that visualising science is an important way to demystify it. I couldn’t think of a better way to mark my big day than to weave sound waves into the fabric of my dress.
“My love of science and music was born right here in Wolverhampton. It seems really appropriate that I’ll be wearing a sound wave when I receive my MBE. It brings together my children’s voices and my passion for science – the things that are most important to me.”
Wendy will receive her MBE for services to science on Thursday 1 February at 10.00am.