Brian Cox – Keynote Speaker

Best known to the public as the presenter of science programmes, especially the Wonders of... series

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Specialist Subjects

  • Science


  • English


Professor Brian Cox is an English physicist, and Advanced Fellow of particle physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester. Cox has been described as the natural successor for BBC’s scientific programming by both David Attenborough and the late Patrick Moore.


Brian Cox has appeared in many science programmes for BBC radio and television, including In Einstein’s Shadow, the BBC Horizon series, (“The Six Billion Dollar Experiment”, “What on Earth is Wrong with Gravity?”, “Do You Know What Time It Is?”, and “Can we Make a Star on Earth?”) and as a voice-over for the BBC’s Bitesize revision programmes. Cox presented the five-part BBC Two television series Wonders of the Solar System in early 2010 and a follow up four-part series, Wonders of the Universe, which began on 6 March 2011. A new series, Wonders of Life, completed filming in June 2012, which Cox describes as “a physicist’s take on life / natural history”.


In July 2012, Brian Cox was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Huddersfield. Later that year, he was awarded the Institute of Physics President’s medal by Sir Patrick Stewart, following which he gave a speech on the value of education in science and the need to invest more in future generations of scientists. On 5 October 2012 Cox was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University for his “Exceptional contribution to Education and Culture”. In 2012 he also was awarded the Michael Faraday Prize of the Royal Society “for his excellent work in science communication”. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2016.

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