Maggie Aderin – Pocock

British Space Scientist, Astonomer and Educator.




Margaret Ebunoluwa Aderin-Pocock is a space scientist, television presenter and educator, who is passionate about inspiring anyone, no matter their gender, ethnicity, religion or culture, to become involved in science. She strives to speak about science in a straightforward way to encourage anyone to be able to take an avid interest in science and scientific pursuits.

Maggie’s father saw education as important, telling his daughter that if she worked hard and got an education, she would be able to do anything in life. Maggie admits that school was not easy for her and at the age of eight, she was diagnosed with dyslexia, a condition that can make reading and writing difficult. Maggie did not find school very engaging but loved science lessons. She soon developed an interest in space and the stars. One day, she came across an advertisement for an evening class for telescope-making. She was quick to enrol. She was the only child and the only female in the class! Making her own telescope let her see details of the moon she had never seen before and made her excited about what she could make next.

Maggie attended Imperial College London, where she studied physics. After leaving, she began working for the Ministry of Defence, overseeing a missile detection system. Later, she returned to her first love, space, and began to work on the Gemini South Telescope in Chile.

Maggie now seeks to spread her passion for science. She endeavours to break down barriers and tackle stereotypes to show that anyone can be a scientist. Maggie’s fantastic personality and attitude towards science allowed her to make documentary films about space for the BBc and in 2014, Maggie was given the job of hosting the iconic BBC television programme, The Sky at Night.