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Professor Brian Cox OBE began his career not as a physicist but as a rock star, when his band Dare signed a deal with A&M records in 1986. Dare recorded two albums and toured with Jimmy Page, Gary Moore and Europe before breaking up in 1992. Brian then joined D:Ream, whose song 'Things Can Only Get Better' was famously used by Tony Blair as the Labour Party election song in 1997. During the D:Ream years, Brian obtained a first class honours degree in physics from the University of Manchester and a PhD in High Energy Particle Physics at the DESY laboratory in Hamburg.
In 2005, Brian was granted a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and in 2009 became Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Manchester. He works at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider.
Brian has received numerous awards for his work in publicising science. Already a Fellow of the International Explorers Club, in 2006 he received the prestigious British Association Lord Kelvin award for his work in promoting science to the public. In October 2010, Brian visited Buckingham Palace to collect his OBE for his work in science. As well as influencing young people in the UK, his talks have inspired many audiences around the globe.
As an author, his books include 'Why Does E=mc2?' (DaCapo 2009), 'Quantum Universe: Anything that Can Happen Does' (Penguin 2011) and 'Human Universe' (Harper Collins 2014), 'Wonders of the Solar System' (Harper Collins 2010), 'Wonders of the Universe' (Harper Collins 2011) and 'Wonders of Life' (Harper Collins 2013)
Brian is very much in demand as an international conference speaker and his popular sell-out comedy/science live shows with Robin Ince include 'Uncaged Monkeys' (2010), 'A Night of 200 Billion Stars' (2011), their 'End of the World' show (21 December 2012) and 'Brian & Robin's Christmas Compendium of Reason'(2013).
Brian's ability to present science in an engaging manner makes him a popular television presenter, radio broadcaster and chat show guest. His credits include:
  • Human Universe - BBC2 (2014)
  • Wonders of Life – BBC2 (2013)
  • Stargazing Live – BBC2 (2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014)
  • The Science of Dr Who - BBC2 (2013)
  • A Night with the Stars – BBC2 (2011)
  • Wonders of the Universe – BBC2/Discovery US (2011)
  • The Infinite Monkey Cage – BBC Radio 4 (2009–current)
  • Wonders of the Solar System & Space Hoppers – BBC2/CBBC/Discovery US (2010)
  • Horizon (BBC2) – Can We Make A Star on Earth & Moon Landings (2009),
  • What Time Is It, What On Earth Is Wrong With Gravity & The Six Billion Dollar Experiment (2007 & 2008)
Other presenting credits include: The Big Bang (BBC4), Archive Hour – The Feynman Variations, The Prime of Marin Mersenne, Einstein’s Letters, In Einstein’s Shadow (BBC R4), Sky at Night (BBC1), Comet Impact -Stardate (BBC1 & BBC2), End Day (BBC3), Moments of Genius (BBC4), The Bell (Teachers TV), Earth & Space (NOW), GCSE Bite Size Physics & Maths (BBC2).
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