Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE

We are delighted to welcome Dr Margaret Ebunoluwa Aderin-Pocock MBE to LIYSF. She is a renowned space scientist and science educator. She regularly presents on TV and is the co-host (since 2014) of the world’s longest running television series, “The Sky at Night”. She is an honorary research associate in the department of physics and astronomy at University College London (UCL).

She obtained her BSc in physics and her PhD in mechanical engineering at Imperial College London. Her research looks to creating novel, bespoke instrumentation which range from optical sub-systems for the James Webb Space Telescope to hand held land mine detectors.

She has worked at Astrium Ltd where she led the optical instrumentation group, running projects that measured wind speeds in the Earth’s atmosphere with satellite sub-systems. She held a UCL science in society fellowship from the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council. She also established and runs her own business, “Science Innovation Ltd”, where she engages in space science public engagement, so far addressing over 1/4 million people across the globe.

In 2009 Aderin-Pocock was awarded an MBE for services to science and education.


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