Brian Cox
#3595 Overall Influence

Brian Cox

English physicist and former musician


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By Erik J. Larson

Brian Cox was born in Lancashire, England in 1968. He is best known as a popularizer of science, having hosted Wonders of the Universe and many other shows produced by the BBC. He has authored popular science books Why Does E=mc²? and The Quantum Universe and has given a number of talks at TED on the topic of particle physics and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

While playing the keyboard for the group Dare, and later for D:Ream, Cox completed his BS and MPhil degrees in physics at the University of Manchester. After D:Ream disbanded, Cox finished his PhD in high energy particle physics, also at UMAN where he can still be found working as a professor of particle physics. His primary focus is on the ATLAS Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. There, he works on a technical aspect of the LHC known as the FP420 experiment, where proton tagging technology is placed at intervals in an attempt to further extend the powers of the LHC.

You might call Brian Cox a “celebrity” physicist, as he makes regular appearances on BBC television series like In Einstein’s Shadow, as well as doing voice over for the BBC. He is also a frequent speaker at TED, where he has given talks on the LHC and particle physics. Cox has received a number of awards for his work as a science presenter, including the Lord Kelvin Medal in 2006, and in 2010 he was awarded the Kelvin Prize as well as the OBE by the British government. In 2012, Cox received the Michael Faraday Prize.

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University of Manchester
University of Manchester

Public research university in Manchester, England

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