Brian Cox

Professor Brian Cox CBE, OBE, FRS

SpecialityProfessor of Particle Physics, The School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester

Professor Brian Cox CBE, OBE, FRS 

Brian began his career in the music industry as keyboard player with rock band Dare and later with chart-toppers D:Ream. In 1995 he obtained a first class honours degree in physics from the University of Manchester and in 1998 a PhD in High Energy Particle Physics at the DESY laboratory in Hamburg. Brian is now Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Manchester, The Royal Society Professor for Public Engagement in Science and a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Brian is widely recognised as the foremost communicator for all things scientific, having presented a number of highly acclaimed science programmes for the BBC including ‘The Planets’ (2018), ‘Forces of Nature’ (2016), ‘Human Universe’ (2014), ‘Wonders of Life’ (2012), ‘Wonders of the Universe’ (2011) and ‘Wonders of the Solar System’ (2010). He also co-hosts popular astronomy and cosmology series ‘Stargazing Live’ with Dara O’Briain (and for ABC in Australia, with Julia Zemiro) and award winning BBC Radio 4 series ‘Infinite Monkey Cage’ with Robin Ince. His BBC Horizon documentaries include, ‘Can We Make a Star on Earth, ‘What Time is It?’ and ‘What on Earth is Wrong with Gravity? In December 2016, Brian put on a sparkly jacket to star in a Christmas special entitled ‘The Entire Universe’ alongside Eric Idle, Noel Fielding, Hannah Waddingham, Arlene Philips and Warwick Davis.

As an author, Brian has also sold over a million books worldwide, including ‘Universal: A Guide to the Cosmos’, ‘Quantum Universe’ and ‘Why Does E=mc2?’ with co-author Professor Jeff Forshaw. He also wrote the series of books to accompany his popular television and radio programmes.

As a corporate and public speaker, Brian’s engaging talks encompass stunning imagery and incredible facts that are always guaranteed to inspire a global audience.


  • Cosmos, with BBC Symphony Orchestra 2020 Live at the Barbican – UK and for BBC Radio 3
  • Holst, The Planets with BBC Symphony Orchestra 2019 – Live event, BBC2 & BBC Radio 3
  • Universal World Tour 2019 – UK, Europe, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, USA
  • Holst, The Planets with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra 2019 – Australia
  • Brian Cox Live 2018 – UK, including sell out 9000 seat show at Wembley Arena in London for which he holds the Guinness World record for the largest science show ever performed.
  • Brian Cox Live 2017 – Australia and New Zealand
  • Brian Cox Theatre Tour 2016 – UK
  • A Journey into Deep Space 2016 – Australia
  • Infinite Monkey Cage Live 2015 – USA
  • Making Sense of the Cosmos 2014 – Australia
  • Holst, The Planets with Queensland Symphony Orchestra 2014 – Australia
  • Rocking the World of Science 2013 – Australia
  • An Evening of Scientific Phenomena – 2012 – Australia

Brian is a Patron of the John Egging Trust, which works to increase young peoples’ self-confidence, self-esteem and other vital life and work skills and empowers them to become role models within their own communities.

Brian also supports the University of Manchester ‘MaNCHESTER ACCESS PROGRAM’ which works to widen participation at University for year 12 students.

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