Dame Maggie Aderin-Pocock PhD

Honorary Fellow

Dame Maggie Aderin-Pocock PhD is a space scientist whose passion is presenting science to general audiences. She studied at Imperial College, London, obtaining a Physics degree and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. She has worked in both industrial and academic environments, on missions including the James Webb Space Telescope and various satellites designed to monitor climate change.

Maggie is the CEO of Science Innovation Ltd., which she founded in 2004. Here, she conducts public engagement activities, sharing her love of space and encouraging underrepresented groups to enter STEM. To date, she has given talks to over 500,000 people globally. 

She is a Bafta-nominated television presenter and won a Women in Film & Television New Talent Award. She co-hosts the world’s longest-running science programme “The Sky at Night”. 

Maggie is also an author, with her recent children’s book “Am I made of Stardust” winning a Royal Society book prize. She is the Chancellor of the University of Leicester and has honorary doctorates from over 10 UK universities. She won an Institute of Physics gold medal and a Yale “Out of the Box Thinker” award, and was “Woman of the Year in Innovation” in 2019. She is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and an ambassador for "Made by Dyslexia" and the "International Rescue Committee".