Merritt Moore

physicist, baller dancer

London, GB


Merritt has achieved what some would call ‘the impossible’: a career as a professional ballet dancer and as an academic quantum physicist.” - University of Oxford Dr. Merritt Moore graduated with Magna Cum Laude Honors in Physics from Harvard and graduated with a PhD in Atomic and Laser Physics from the University of Oxford. She also pursues a professional ballet career, previously with the Zurich Ballet, Boston Ballet, English National Ballet, and Norwegian National Ballet. She was recently awarded Forbes 30 under 30, and she was one of the 12 selected candidates to undergo rigorous astronaut selection on BBC Two "Astronauts: Do you have what it takes?" With her ballet, physics and astronaut background, Dr. Moore’s focus has led her to programming and dancing with robots. The motivation is to gain expertise in robotics and A.I, which will be the future in space and here on earth. Invited as artist-in-residence at Harvard ArtLab, Merritt began exploring movement between human dancer and industrial robotic arm right before the pandemic. During the pandemic, she created a number of dances with robots, which became featured in TIME, Financial Times (FT), Vogue, BBC Click and more. She explores the future of A.I./ machine learning, specifically with dance, and welcomes all forms of collaboration fusing dance, physics and tech. Merritt urges that the arts and sciences should not be mutually exclusive, and she inspires young women around the world to pursue their dreams. She has been invited to be the featured speaker at the Forbes Women's Summit in NY, Princeton Physics Department, panelist for the U.S. Embassy 'Women in STEM' Panel in London, and is featured in the bestseller "Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls".