The new bachelor is an astrophysicist, and we can already feel the chemistry

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He’s got the looks, the charm and the smooth one-liners, but it’s the newest bachelor’s impressive STEM career that’s got us giving out our own hypothetical roses. In Ten’s seventh season of The Bachelor, we’ll watch 31-year-old Matt Agnew – an astrophysicist – take on a gig previously reserved for handsome sports stars, ex-Bachelorette contestants and everyone but scientists: dating multiple women at once, on national TV.

Resume stalk

According to his LinkedIn page, Matt’s resume rivals that of a seasoned scientist. He’s got a double degree in science and engineering, a masters in astrophysics and for the last three years has been a PhD candidate at Swinburne University of Technology’s Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing. His studies have led him to live in Berlin, Sweden and Argentina, and he’s landed jobs as a mechanical engineer on various onshore and offshore projects within the oil and gas industry.

“The core goal of my astrophysics research is to use numerical techniques to search for dynamically stable planet candidates in the habitable zones of all known multiple planet systems,” he says of his current gig at Swinburne. “I enjoy thinking up creative ideas and solutions to problems and collaborating with others to advance and evolve ideas.”

Counting on chemistry

We’re pumped to see such a genuinely cool, young, brainy scientist on TV, and are hoping for at least one date where the formation of the universe is discussed over drinks. Fingers crossed he finds someone to form an exothermic bond with. And the more cheesy science-based pick-up lines used, the better.

The Bachelor is coming soon to Network Ten. Meanwhile stalk Matt here.

Want to know what an astrophysicist really does all day? Check our chat with science communicator Kirsten Banks

Cassie Steel

Author: Cassie Steel

As Refraction’s digital editor, Cassie Steel spends her days researching robots and stalking famous scientists on Twitter.


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