Maggie Aderin-Pocock is an English space scientist. She was born in London, to Nigerian parents. She has dyslexia and this is very interesting that as a child, when she told a teacher she wanted to be an astronaut, it was suggested she try nursing, “because that’s scientific, too”. She proved that teacher wrong and went on to gain four A-Levels in maths, physics, chemistry and biology. Brilliant!
She attended Imperial College London, earning a BSc in physics in 1990 and a doctorate in mechanical engineering in 1994. She is also a pioneering figure in communicating science to the public, specifically school children, and also runs her own company, Science Innovation Ltd, which engages children and adults all over the world with the wonders of space science.
Aderin-Pocock is brilliant black role model, she is committed to inspiring new generations of astronauts, engineers and scientists and she has spoken to about 25,000 children, many of them at inner-city schools telling them how and why she is a scientist, dispelling myths about careers, class and gender. We are planning to get an interview with her soon. Watch the space.