Brian Cox is an English physicist and television presenter who has become one of the most well-known scientists in the world. He is best known for his work on the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and his popular science television show, Wonders of the Universe.
Cox was born in 1968 in Oldham, England, and developed an interest in science and mathematics at an early age. He attended the University of Manchester and earned a first-class honors degree in physics. He subsequently received a Ph.D. in high-energy particle physics from the same institution.
Cox's research focuses on particle physics, specifically the study of the fundamental laws of nature at the smallest scales. He has worked on the ATLAS experiment and the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at CERN, as well as the ZEUS experiment at DESY in Germany. His work has contributed to the discovery of the Higgs boson, one of the fundamental particles of the Standard Model of particle physics.
Cox is also a popular science communicator, appearing on television, radio, podcasts, and YouTube. He has presented numerous television shows, including the BBC series Wonders of the Universe, Wonders of Life, and Forces of Nature. His books include Why Does E=mc2? and The Quantum Universe.
In addition to his scientific work, Cox has also been active in public outreach. He is a trustee of the British Board of Film Classification and a patron of the Institute of Physics, and he is a member of the Royal Society of Arts. He has also served as a judge on the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition.
Cox has received numerous awards for his work, including an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II in 2010. He has also been listed on the TIME 100 list of the world's most influential people and was named one of the world's most powerful people by Forbes magazine in 2017.
In recognition of his contributions to science and public outreach, Brian Cox has been described as a “national treasure” and “the face of modern science.” He is "n inspiring example of how science can be made accessible and exciting to people of all ages and backgrounds.