Maggie Aderin-Pocock

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Maggie Aderin-Pocock

by Simon Frederick
archival inkjet print, 2016
15 in. x 10 1/4 in. (380 mm x 260 mm) image size; 16 1/2 in. x 11 5/8 in. (420 mm x 295 mm) overall
Given by Simon Frederick with support from Oath, 2017
Primary Collection
NPG P2058

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  • Simon Frederick (1965-), Photographer and film director. Artist or producer of 40 portraits.

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  • 100 Pioneering Women, p. 171 Read entry

    Maggie Aderin-Pocock (b.1968) is a leading space scientist and the presenter of The Sky at Night. It was the television series Clangers that, she says, first stimulated her interest in space. Born in London to Nigerian immigrants, Aderin-Pocock attended thirteen schools as a child and was diagnosed with dyslexia. She built her first telescope at the age of fifteen and went on to receive a BSc in Physics and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London. After graduating, she worked for the Ministry of Defence on projects ranging from missile warning systems to landmine detectors. She subsequently returned to her first passion: building instruments to explore space, including a spectrograph for the Gemini Observatory in Chile that allowed scientists to analyse the light of stars and gain insights into their properties, and optical equipment for the James Webb telescope (the planned successor to the Hubble telescope). Alongside her academic work, Aderin-Pocock is committed to inspiring new generations of space scientists and engineers, and runs her own company, which engages with children and adults around the world.

  • Lydia Miller; Samira Ahmed, Inspirational Women: Rediscovering stories in Art, Science and Social Reform, 2022, p. 81

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