Cox: Sky’s the limit for young sci­ence stars

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TOP physi­cist Brian Cox has urged school chil­dren in Manch­ester to reach for the stars and be­come the sci­en­tists of the fu­ture.

The for­mer pop star turned Univer­sity of Manch­ester aca­demic earned global fame after his TV se­ries Won­ders of the So­lar Sys­tem be­came a mas­sive hit.

Now he has been help­ing in­spire hun­dreds of school pupils in the city by tak­ing part in a se­ries of talks aimed at en­cour­ag­ing young­sters to embrace sci­ence.

Pro­fes­sor Cox vis­ited Chorl­ton High School to an­swer pupils’ ques­tions and talk to them about his love of sci­ence.

Hun­dreds of pupils at other schools, who were watch­ing via video link, were also able to quiz the pro­fes­sor.

He said: “I’m so lucky I am able to spend my time ex­plor­ing the uni­verse. You can choose to spend your time ex­plor­ing sci- ence or na­ture, or what­ever cap­tures your imag­i­na­tion as well.”

Prof Cox told pupils how he moved from study­ing as­tron­omy to par­ti­cle physics, and about work­ing on ex­per­i­ments with the Large Hadron Col­lider in Switzer­land.

Pupils asked him ques­tions about the ori­gins of the uni­verse and about the value of mis­sions to space.

He said there will be a vi­tal need for thou­sands more en­gi­neers and sci­en­tists in the fu­ture.

Prof Cox told the au­di­ence: “There can be noth­ing bet­ter than spend­ing a few years or even the rest of your ca­reer ex­plor­ing the things that in­ter­est you.

“Sci­ence is never easy. It’s hard work, but it’s very re­ward­ing.”

Prof Brian Cox speaks to pupils at Chorl­ton igh School

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