Tuesday 17 January 2012

Who Is Dr Brian Cox?

It all depends on whether you like physicists or radio dramas. As you well know, I am very fond of both. I give you Dr Brian Cox #1

dr brian cox 1

Born June 1946, he is a Hollywood star and one of Scotland's hardest-working actors Brian Cox. Rector of Dundee University, and holder of a doctorate from Napier University, Edinburgh, he was also recently named an Honorary Doctor of Letters by Kingston University in south west London. Best known for his roles in movies such as The Bourne Supremacy, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Rushmore and X2: X-Men United, and his extensive work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Mr Cox was honoured in recognition of his tireless work in drama education. He’s also brilliant in the Detective McLevy series in which he stars with flame haired Siobhan Redmond. He got his CBE in 2002 for services to drama.

…and now Dr Brian Cox #2

dr brian cox 2

Born March 1968, he is a particle physicist. He failed his maths A level, due to ‘lack of interest and band commitments’ – but he still got to Manchester University to study physics. There he joined the band D:Ream. After D:Ream disbanded in 1997, Cox was awarded his PhD in high energy particle physics at Manchester University, based on his thesis drawn from work he did for the H1 experiment at the HERA particle accelerator in Hamburg. Since then he has become a well known face in BBC, presenting a number of science programmes. He got his OBE in 2010 for services to science.

There may be a Dr Brian Cox #3 but if so I have yet to discover him…


  1. KL has rather a soft spot for Dr Brian Cox #2. She avidly watches anything on TV that he appears in. I'm not sure if that's down to her love of science or the fact that she finds him rather attractive to look at and soothing to listen to!

  2. What a fascinating programme we watched last night with BC/2. He still looks a teenager, but a very knowledgeable one!


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