Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE is the presenter of ‘The Sky at Night’, the BBC4 factual series that aims to make space science accessible to the nation. She also fronts a number of other scientific documentaries, including Stargazing Live, In Orbit: How Satellites Rule Our World, and The Science of Doctor Who.
From humble beginnings and diagnosed with dyslexia, Maggie overcame those who said she couldn’t, to study at Imperial College where she obtained her degree in Physics and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. After her studies, she travelled across the UK speaking to inner-city schools about what scientists do, why they do it, and how to be one with the aim of inspiring the next generation of physicists.
Since then she has spent her career making novel, bespoke instrumentation in both the industrial and academic environments. These instruments have ranged from hand-held land mine detectors to an optical subsystem for the James Webb Space Telescope, the replacement for the Hubble space telescope. She has worked for the MoD on missile warning systems, and for aerospace giant EADS on a range of projects to monitor the earth’s atmosphere.
Maggie is a research fellow and an Honorary Research Associate at University College London and continues her work to engage the public with science. She augments her ‘Tours of the Universe’ presentations to young and old with regular TV and radio appearance.