He’s coming to speak to us about science and the universe, but who is this Cox fellow exactly?
He’s that English bloke that talks about space and stuff, right?
I can see why he got on TV. He’s dreamy.
Well, you know he’s an actual, proper scientist, right?
Yep. He has a PhD in physics.
What was his thesis?
Double Diffraction Dissociation at Large Momentum Transfer.
Oh. Why isn’t he off doing science stuff, then?
He is: he’s part of the ATLAS team working at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.
It’s an experiment looking for massive elementary particles at high energies. They were one of the two LHC teams that confirmed the existence of the Higgs Boson.
So he does his TV stuff on the side?
Well, Cox is a firm believer in the importance of public education about science, having fallen in love with astronomy as a kid via Sir Patrick Moore’s The Sky at Night.
So what’s he done?
He’s best known for his BBC TV series Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe and is currently polishing off his Wonders of Life series. He’s also done radio series, written and co-written several books and…
Hold on: he was the one in that band, wasn’t he?
Yeah: he played keyboards for D:REAM, who had a huge hit with ‘Things Can Only Get Better’, while he was doing his PhD.
He’s got a really floppy fringe going on in the video.
Well, it was 1993.