Leading the way: Increasing diversity in the scientific workforce

Leading the way: Increasing diversity in the scientific workforceInspiring Scientists: Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Maggie Aderin-Pocock

You may have seen Maggie Aderin-Pocock presenting BBC’s The Sky at Night, asking Jeremy Paxman to hold a torch while she described a lunar eclipse, or on the sofa of a breakfast television show or The One Show talking enthusiastically about science. You may not know that she has hung out of the back of military aircraft photographing the vapour trails of missiles in order to improve fighter aircraft ‘countermeasures’ (ways of avoiding air to air or ground to air missiles), that she has improved metal detectors used to find unexploded mines left behind after wars or that she has led projects in which teams of scientists make instruments placed on telescopes or satellites to inspect the Earth and the Universe. You may also not know that she was born in London to parents who emigrated from Nigeria in the 1950s, that she was inspired by Einstein, the Clangers and Star Trek and that she has, at times, struggled with reading and writing due to dyslexia.

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