The Pilkington Prizes were initiated by Sir Alastair Pilkington – graduate of Trinity College, engineer and businessman – who passionately believed that teaching excellence was crucial to Cambridge’s future success.
Christof's teaching has been praised for bringing "massive enthusiasm and energy to lecturing and demonstrating [...] He believes that `fun’ in lectures engages students with lasting consequences for their understanding. His dynamism means that he is always looking for ways to improve his teaching, taking cognizance of changing technology".
Christof is one of the most innovative members of the teaching staff at PDN, and his teaching skill has been put to good effect at Sutton Trust demonstrations and at Science Festival events, providing memorable and graphic illustrations of scientific ideas. In one Science Festival lecture he demonstrated the action potential by sequentially activating a line of 50 mouse traps.