Brian Cox was a member of the rock band Dare in 1989 until the band split up in 1992. In 1993, he joined the UK rock band D:Ream, which had a number of hits, including the number one "Things Can Only Get Better" (which was the election anthem of the New Labour party). D:Ream disbanded in 1997, at which point Cox (who had been studying physics all along and earned his PhD) went on to practicing physics full time.
Brian Cox received his doctorate in physics from the University of Manchester, completing his thesis in 1998. In 2005, he was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. He splits his time between work at the University of Manchester and at the CERN facility in Geneva, Switzerland, home of the Large Hadron Collider
Brian Cox has not only performed extensive research, but has also worked hard to help popularize science to lay audiences, especially through repeated appearances on the BBC programs such as The Big Bang Machine
(and an October 2009 appearance on The Colbert Report
, where he later twitted that it featured some of the most intelligent questions he'd ever been asked).
Two of his speeches are available as TED lectures, where he explains the physics being performed (or not being performed) at the Large Hadron Collider. He has co-authored the following books with fellow British physicist Jeff Forshaw:
Awards and Recognition:
Brian Cox was elected an international fellow of The Explorer's Club
in 2002. In 2006, he received the Lord Kelvin prize from the British Association for his work popularizing science. He was the keynote speaker at the 2006 Australian Science Festival and spoke at TED 2008.