Andrew (Andy) Christy was born in London in 1963. His early fascination with minerals and crystal structures led to a B.A.(Hons) and PhD degree in Earth Sciences form Cambridge University before moving to Australia as a chemist in 1994.
In October 2016, Andy took up up a joint position as Senior Curator of Mineralogy at the Queensland Museum and Lecturer in Mineralogy at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Queensland. His current research projects cover meteorites, the diversity of minerals, crystal structures of minerals, and microbe-mineral interactions. He is an author on more than 130 refereed scientific publications and is an associate editor of two international journals. In 2015, the new lead copper tellurate mineral andychristyite was named in his honour.
Andy maintains a keen interest in other sciences, particularly astronomy, chemistry, botany and zoology, as well as music and linguistics.