It's still a commonly held assumption that scientists are likely to be old, balding and at least mildly eccentric. Reality, as usual, often doesn't fit the stereotype, and this is certainly true for Professor Brian Cox OBE. Brian initially rose to fame in the pop band D:Ream and has featured in People magazine's Sexiest Men Alive poll, and yet the still relatively young Professor is already one of the most famous physicists of our time! So much for stereotypes!
At the same time he was playing keyboard with D:Ream, Brian obtained a first class degree and a PhD. He is now Professor of Particle Physics at Manchester University and one of the leaders on the Atlas experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva. He describes the breathtaking work at CERN, where scientists are recreating conditions a billionth of a second after the 'Big Bang', as "revealing the underlying simplicity of the universe."
Brian combines extraordinary scientific knowledge with a charming personality and in-depth media experience. He has appeared on a wide variety of television and radio shows, spanning science programmes to panel shows. TV work includes presenting the Wonders of..... series for BBC2, as well as fronting numerous specials for Horizon, as well as Science Britannica, The Science Of Dr Who, In Search Of Science and Human Universe. No wonder Brian has been described as the natural successor for the BBC's scientific programming by both David Attenborough and the late Patrick Moore.
On radio, Brian has co-presented the BBC Radio 4 comedy science magazine programme The Infinite Monkey Cage (with comedian Robin Ince) since 2009. He is also a regular contributor to BBC 6 Music's Breakfast Show with Shaun Keaveny, with a weekly feature.
Brian is an International Fellow of the Explorers Club and winner of the prestigious British Association Lord Kelvin Award for his work in promoting science. Other awards include Best Presenter and Best Science / Natural History Programme, presented by the Royal Television Society for Wonders of the Universe, and the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Performer In A Non-Acting Role. The Broadcasting Press Guild also awarded Wonders of the Solar System the best documentary series of 2010.
When he isn't filming in far away places, Brian writes for both tabloid and broadsheet newspapers, as well as authoring weightier tomes on a range of science-based issues: his book Why Does E=mc2? quickly became a bestseller.
Brian's talks inspire audiences everywhere, with presentations that show how science can help break down barriers while at the same time being both stimulating and exciting. To book him for your Event, contact a Prime Performers Booking Agent via the online booking enquiry form or alternatively call us on 020 7251 8222
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