Maggie Aderin-Pocock Profile

Maggie Aderin-Pocock was born in 1968 and is a space scientist engaging children about the wonders of space science and presenting documentaries such as Do We Really Need the Moon?

Born in London, Maggie studied Physics at Imperial College London, and subsequently gaining a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering.

Maggie started her career in science working on missile warning systems at the Ministry of Defence and working on hand-held landmine detection instruments. However, Maggie soon moved back into academics in 1999 with a Fellowship from the Science and Technology Facilities Council work on a high-resolution spectrograph for the Chilean Gemini telescope.

Having set up the company Science Innovation in order to engage children and adults in the wonders of space science, running "Tours of the Universe" Maggie was one of six winners of the 'Women of Outstanding Achievement' award with GetSET Women in 2006.

In 2009, all of Maggie's hard work in services to science and education was recognised when she was awarded with the Member of the British Empire (MBE).

Maggie Aderin-Pocock


Moving into media in 2009, Maggie first acted as a scientific consultant for the series Paradox and appeared on Doctor Who Confidential. Ultimately, Maggie's charm and engaging style landed her a role presenting the documentary Do We Really Need the Moon? in 2011 which was followed in 2012 by In Orbit: How Satellites Rule Our World.