Brady Haran

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Brady Haran
Brady Haran 01.jpg
Haran at the Dead Sea, 2013
Personal information
Born (1976-06-18) 18 June 1976 (age 42)
Adelaide, Australia
Nationality Australian, British
Residence Bristol, United Kingdom

Brady John Haran (born 18 June 1976) is an Australian independent filmmaker and video journalist who is known for his educational videos and documentary films produced for BBC News and also for his YouTube channels, such as Numberphile and Periodic Videos.[1][2]


Brady Haran studied journalism for a year before being hired by The Adelaide Advertiser. In 2002, he moved from Australia to Nottingham, United Kingdom. In Nottingham, he worked for the BBC, began to work with film, and reported for East Midlands Today, BBC News Online and BBC radio stations.[3][4][5]

In 2007, Haran worked as a filmmaker-in-residence for Nottingham Science City,[3][6] as part of an agreement between the BBC and The University of Nottingham.[7] His "Test Tube" project started with the idea of producing a documentary about scientists and their research, but he decided to upload his raw footage to YouTube; from that point "Periodic Videos" and "Sixty Symbols" were developed.[3][6] Haran then left the BBC to work full-time making YouTube videos.[8]

Following "Test Tube", Haran decided to create new YouTube channels.[3] In his first 5 years as an independent filmmaker he made over 1500 videos.[8] In 2012, he was the producer, editor, and interviewer behind 12 YouTube channels[8] such as The Periodic Table of Videos,[9] Sixty Symbols and Numberphile.[3] Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff received the Royal Society of Chemistry Nyholm Prize for Education in 2011 for work taking chemistry education to a wider audience; this included his work with Haran on The Periodic Table of Videos.[10] Haran is also the co-host of the podcast Hello Internet, along with YouTube educator CGP Grey.


Working with Sir Martyn Poliakoff, Haran's videos in explaining chemistry and science for non-technical persons received positive recognition.[1] Together, they have made over 500 short videos that cover the elements and other chemistry-related topics. Their YouTube channel has had more than 120 million views.[11] Their Gold Bullion Vault, shot in the vaults of The Bank of England, was released December 7, 2012, and received more than two million hits in the next two months.[12][13] Also, Haran and Poliakoff authored an article in the Nature Chemistry journal[14] and an essay on Science journal[15] discussing the impact of The Periodic Table of Videos.

YouTube channels

  • BackstageScience
  • Bibledex
  • BradyStuff
  • Computerphile
  • Deep Sky Videos
  • FavScientist
  • Foodskey
  • Hello Internet
  • Nottingham Science
  • Numberphile
  • Numberphile2
  • Objectivity
  • Periodic Videos
  • PhilosophyFile
  • PsyFile
  • Sixty Symbols
  • What's the point?
  • Words of the World

Hello Internet

Main article: Hello Internet
The official flag of the Hello Internet podcast.

In January 2014, Haran launched the podcast Hello Internet along with co-host CGP Grey, another YouTube content creator and educator. The podcast peaked as the #1 iTunes podcast in United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Canada, and Australia.[16] It was selected as one of Apple's best new podcasts of 2014.[17] Grey reported a podcast listenership of approximately "a quarter million" downloads per episode as of September 2015.[18]

The podcast features discussions pertaining to their lives as professional content creators for YouTube, as well as their interests and annoyances. Typical topics include new gadgets, technology etiquette, workplace efficiency, wristwatches, plane accidents, vexillology, and the differences between Haran's and Grey's personal mannerisms.[19] As a result of their conversations, Haran has been credited for coining the term "freebooting" to refer to the unauthorized rehosting of online media.[20] The podcast has an official flag called Nail & Gear.[21][22]


  • 2004 – BBC Ruby Television Awards Silver[23]
  • 2005 – BBC Ruby Television Awards Gold for 'Best Audience Generated Content'[24]
  • 2007 – BBC Ruby Television Awards Silver for work on the real life soap opera Alexandra Road[25]
  • 2008 – The Stevie Award (International Business Award) for 'Best Public Information/Interactive and Multimedia' for The University of Nottingham website[26]
  • 2008 – IChemE Petronas Award for 'Excellence in Education and Training' for The Periodic Table of Videos[27]
  • 2008 – European Excellence Award for 'Podcast' for An Element for Christmas[28]
  • 2011 – Science Magazine's Prize for 'Online Resources in Education' for The Periodic Table of Videos[27]
  • 2011 – Creativity International Platinum Award for 'New Media' for The Periodic Table of Videos[29]
  • 2012 – Webby Award for 'Reality Online Film & Video' for The Periodic Table of Videos[30][31]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Chemical Sciences Roundtable, National Research Council (2011). Chemistry in Primetime and Online: Communicating Chemistry in Informal Environments. National Academies Press. pp. 47–49, 54. ISBN 9780309187701. OCLC 756496720. 
  2. "Brady Haran's website". Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Gurney, James (February 14, 2012). "Impact Speaks To Brady Haran". Impact. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  4. "iCan reporter: Brady Haran". BBC. July 2004. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  5. "Quick chat with Brady – Numberphile Live". YouTube – Numberphile. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Nottingham science stories win international award". The University of Nottingham. August 2008. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  7. "Test Tube". Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Starke, Petra (January 29, 2013). "YouTube 'how to' videos increasingly popular in Australia". Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  9. OCLC 310981502 and 731853864
  10. "Nyholm Prize for Education 2011 Winner". Royal Society of Chemistry. Royal Society of Chemistry. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  11. "Haran's YouTube Channel". YouTube. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
  12. "Inside the Bank of England's gold bullion vault". The Daily Telegraph. December 10, 2012. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  13. Usborne, Simon (January 30, 2013). "How to explain absolutely anything: Academics pick apart mysteries of the cosmos on YouTube". The Independent. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  14. Haran, B.; Poliakoff, M. (2011). "How to measure the impact of chemistry on the small screen". Nature Chemistry. 3 (3): 180–182. Bibcode:2011NatCh...3..180H. ISSN 1755-4330. OCLC 4795274937. PMID 21336314. doi:10.1038/nchem.990. 
  15. Haran, B.; Poliakoff, M. (2011). "The Periodic Table of Videos". Science. 332 (6033): 1046–1047. Bibcode:2011Sci...332.1046H. ISSN 0036-8075. OCLC 4898209818. PMID 21617067. doi:10.1126/science.1196980. 
  16. "CGP Grey & Brady Haran - 'Hello Internet' American iTunes Chart Performance". Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  17. Haran, Brady; Grey, CGP (2014-12-25). "Bumper Christmas Special". Hello Internet (Podcast). Retrieved 2015-05-15. 
  18. Haran, Brady; Grey, CGP (2015-09-29). "Grumpy About Art". Hello Internet (Podcast). Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  19. "Top 3 Podcasts You Must Listen To In 2016". Intention Deficit. 31 December 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
  20. Oremus, Will (July 2015). "Facebook’s Piracy Problem". Slate. The Slate Group LLC. Retrieved July 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  21. Haran, Brady; Grey, C.G.P. (2015-12-16). "Two Dudes Counting". Hello Internet (Podcast). Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  22. "Hello, Hello Internet!". 2015-11-22. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  23. Haran, Brady. "Brady Haran - video journalist & film-maker". Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  24. "BBC 2006 review" (PDF). BBC Press Office. 2006. pp. 16, 17. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  25. "Watch again: Alexandra Road". BBC. November 26, 2007. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  26. and "2008 International Business Awards Honorees". 2008. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  27. 27.0 27.1 "Periodic tables professor Martyn Poliakoff is cult hit". BBC News. February 25, 2012. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  28. "What element do you want for Christmas (with video)". This is Nottingham. December 15, 2008. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  29. "41st Annual Creativity International Awards". Creativity International Awards. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  30. "16th Annual Webby Awards Nominees & Winners". The Webby Awards. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  31. "Some photos from the Webbys". Periodic Videos – Video Journalist Brady Haran. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 

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