Live webcast of Brian Cox lecture to be shown

14 Apr 2010

A live webcast of the public lecture by Professor Brian Cox is to be broadcast on The University of Manchester home page, following the snapping up of all the tickets 12 hours after them being made available.

Professor Brian Cox
Professor Brian Cox

The University of Manchester’s rock star scientist is following up to the success of his smash hit TV series on the origins of the universe on Thursday 22 April.

Professor Brian Cox visited locations across the globe to explain how the laws of nature carved spectacular landscapes throughout the Solar System for his acclaimed BBC TV series "Wonders of the Solar System".

The Oldham-born scientist, based at the School of Physics and Astronomy, will tell the audience of the strange and fascinating  worlds that inhabit our Solar System.

For the five-part series described as ‘utterly contagious’ by the Guardian, he told how Earth, of all the planets in the Solar System, is the only one to have a moon that completely obscures the face of the Sun.

Prof Cox described how every molecule of every drop of water is moved around our planet by the Sun’s energy for the series  praised by BBC Radio Two DJ Chris Evans as one of the best he has ever seen.

In Norway he witnessed the battle between the Sun’s wind and our planet, as the night sky displayed the beautiful Northern Lights.

And in California he made contact with Voyager, a space probe that has been travelling since its launch 30 years ago. Now, 14 billion kilometres on, Voyager has just detected the solar wind is beginning to run out of puff.

Prof Cox – along with thousands of other scientists – works on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the famous scientific research centre in Geneva.

The team hope to recreate conditions in the Universe less than a billionth of a second after the Big Bang and uncover some of its unsolved mysteries.

Prof Cox was a member of nineties pop act D:REAM while studying for his PhD at The University of Manchester.

With the band, he played “Things can only get better” at the famous Labour Party victory celebration at the Royal Albert Hall after the 1997 General Election.

Prof Cox is also a regular presenter on the BBC flagship science programme Horizon and acted as scientific advisor on the 2007 film Sunshine, directed by Danny Boyle and written by Alex Garland.

He has received many awards for his efforts to publicise science. In 2002 he was elected an International Fellow of The Explorers Club and in 2006 he received the British Association Lord Kelvin Award for this work.

He said: “The success of the series has been fantastic and I’d like to thank everyone for their support  - it means a lot to me.

"But more importantly-  the series and events such as this lecture  get people talking about science.

"It’s a privilege as a University academic  to be able to draw the nation’s attention to physics - the subject I love and love to teach.”

Notes for editors

Professor Cox’s free lecture  is now full but the lecture will be broadcast on The Universty of Manchester homepage -  at 6.20PM on Thursday 22 April.

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