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36 Entirely Scientific Reasons To Love Brian Cox

Has there ever been a sexier scientist?

1. Everyone knows Brian Cox as the guy who made being nerdy cool.

2. As the guy who doesn’t mince his words.

3. And made learning kinda sexy.

4. He’s not perfect though - he messed up his A level Maths exam.

5. But managed to get a first class degree in Physics from Manchester University anyway.

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6. And then a Physics MPhil.

7. Oh, and then an OBE.

8. The reason he messed up his A levels? He was focussing on his music career. As a keyboard player in rock group Dare.

9. And that wasn’t his only foray into the world of music. Remember D:Ream?

10. They had a hit with that song with the really, er, imaginative lyrics. How does it go again?

11. But then he realised something.

12. And became a full-time scientist.

13. And a part-time charity worker.

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In April, he joined Chris Evans, James May and Gary Barlow on a charity road trip from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

14. They drove in this car.

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15. And raised £1 million for Breast Cancer Care.

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16. Look at the Barlow-Cox bromance!

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17. And he’s still a bit of a James May fanboy.

18. He’s mastered the funny Twitter handle.

19. And he always tweets his mind.

If I ever have the misfortune to meet the fish head who commissioned this shit on Ch5 about the moon landings, I WILL punch them

— ProfBrianCox (@Brian Cox)

Brian Cox

@ProfBrianCox

If I ever have the misfortune to meet the fish head who commissioned this shit on Ch5 about the moon landings, I WILL punch them

20. He’s not afraid to laugh at himself.

21. He wore this teeny, tiny lifejacket on television. And made it look cool.

22. He makes up 1/3 of the best selfie ever taken.

That’s Russell Brand and Sacha Baron Cohen and Brian Cox on the left.

24. He’s deep, man.

25. AND profound.

26. Everything he says makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

27. He’s a British Humanist Association big dog.

At their 2010 Voltaire Lecture he spoke on ‘The value of Big Science: CERN, the LHC and the exploration of the Universe.’

28. He’s kind of like a less self-righteous Richard Dawkins.

29. And he’s funnier too.

31. His son’s middle name is Eagle. After the Apollo 11 lunar module.

32. He makes learning really exciting.

33. He makes you wish you’d tried harder in your Science GCSEs.

34. But the main reason we <3 him? He makes the universe seem like an awe-inspiring place. Thanks, Bri.

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