Barry W. Fitzgerald was born in Limerick, Ireland on October 30th 1979, almost a year after the release of Superman. Initially drawn to mathematics at primary school, his interest in science was sparked at secondary school when he attended Crescent College Comprehensive in Limerick. After graduating with a degree in Applied Physics from the University of Limerick, he obtained a PhD in Computational Physics from the same university. Upon completion of his PhD, he worked as a Project Officer in Teaching and Learning in the NCE-MSTL at UL. In February 2012, he moved to the Netherlands to join the Computational Biophysics Group at the University of Twente, Enschede as a postdoctoral researcher.
In October 2014, he moved to the Eindhoven University of Technology where he currently works as a postdoctoral researcher in the Multi-Scale Modelling of Multi-Phase Flows Group. When he’s not watching superhero films or being a scientist, Barry trains for marathons and watches football at de Grolsch Veste, home of FC Twente Enschede. He also plays guitar and sings in the band Ten Tap Trouble, which he co-formed with five Dutch friends from Enschede and Hengelo. From time to time he plays solo gigs under the guise of “The Musical Weatherman”. He has watched the 2012 film The Avengers more than 40 times and his superpower will always remain a closely kept secret.