A British space scientist born to Nigerian parents, Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock, has been selected as the new host of a long running science show on BBC, “The Sky at Night”.
This decision was made after the death of the founding host, Sir Patrick Moore, over a year ago.
There were fears that the show would be axed after Sir Patrick’s death but those fears have been allayed now with Dr. Aderin Pocock’s appointment.
The show would also be moved from BBC 1 to BBC 4 where she will join existing presenter Chris Lintott with a monthly half-hour slot.
Aderin-Pocock, a research fellow at University College London, said: “The opportunity to present The Sky at Night is like completing a circle and fulfilling a lifelong dream. Above all, it’s a huge honour to follow in the footsteps of Patrick Moore, a passionate advocate of the wonders of the night sky.
Margaret Ebunoluwa Aderin Pocock was born in London in 1968 to Nigerian parents.
As a child she was dyslexic and when she told a teacher back in school that she wanted to become an astronaut it was suggested that she should try nursing, “because that’s scientific, too”.
She eventually gained four “A” Level in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
In 2009 she was awarded a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to science and education.
This was what she had to say on receiving the MBE: “Imagine a dyslexic from London meeting the Queen of England. It’s mind-boggling stuff but that shows how much potential you have.”
Dr. Aderin Pocock is married and has a three-year-old daughter with her husband, Martin.