I have just realised why they call him PROFESSOR Brian Cox

(375 Posts)


Yes I am that thick. There's another one blush and he's old and doesn't play keyboards.

ratspeaker Tue 12-Feb-13 19:21:58

And Scottish

Yip blush

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Tue 12-Feb-13 19:23:34

My mum fancies him.

I don't get it. He looks like Pete Burns.


ratspeaker Tue 12-Feb-13 19:25:50
QOD Tue 12-Feb-13 19:26:50

I did think he was a musician .... Which he IS but I thought he was just a musician calls Prof Brian Cox ...

You are not alone!

I doubt though that they gave him a professorship just to make it easier for us to tell them apart!

QOD Tue 12-Feb-13 19:27:25

What? I'm even more confused now

I jsut feel like such a prat!

springlamb Tue 12-Feb-13 19:30:17

He has naice hair. DH had hair like that when I met him, but someone stole it.

I'm OK when he's talking about animals and cutesy stuff, but when he starts on about the physics malarkey...

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Tue 12-Feb-13 19:31:30

DH had hair like that when I met him, but someone stole it.

You've given me my first proper smile all day!!




SamSmalaidh Tue 12-Feb-13 19:32:25

Do you mean they call him Professor because he is a Professor? Or in order to differentiate him from the actor Brian Cox?

Yes to differentiate him. I didn't realise there was an actor.

seeker Tue 12-Feb-13 19:38:00

He is also an actual Professor- it's not his Rap name!

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Tue 12-Feb-13 19:39:52

Is Dr. Dre an actual Doctor?

Unrelated but I've always wondered and this may be my only oppoutunity to ask.


MechanicalTheatre Tue 12-Feb-13 19:39:54

What? To differentiate? Er, I think it might be because he IS a professor.

SO confused.

If you are talking about Brian Cox the physics bloke, they call him Professor because that is his title, he will have done a PhD and become a Dr, then he worked b****y hard, got a promotion and became a professor. It is nothing to do with not getting people mixed up with other people.

SamSmalaidh Tue 12-Feb-13 19:40:57

I think more people would know Brian Cox (physicist) than Brian Cox (Hannibal Lecter) these days.

ReluctantMother Tue 12-Feb-13 19:41:47

He is very clever, which, in my books, adds a lot to his attractiveness.

MirandaWest Tue 12-Feb-13 19:41:51

Prof Brian Cox is a Professor isn't he? Or has he blagged his way somehow?

springlamb Tue 12-Feb-13 19:44:12

No he's a proper Professor bloke, he's a Fellow of the HmmHmmmNaNas and a Member of the HooHooBaBas and all that kind of braininess. I don't think he had any student loans cos he was well rich from his illustrious music career to pay his way through his learning.

MrsRajesh, not a single hair left. I was sold a pup.

BrianCoxandTheTempleofDOOM Tue 12-Feb-13 19:44:16

OP, this made me laugh - but then I know far too much about the dude, considering I can't stand him (I know, weird right!)

He haunts me - that hair, that weird smile, the dead behind the eyes look.

Yes, I know, he's clever and blah deh blah blah blah shallow wink

soaccidentprone Tue 12-Feb-13 19:46:00

yes he is an actual Professor. he used to lecture in astro physics at Manchester university and has worked at CERN.

he also does a 10 minute slot on 6 music every week on the breakfast show which is usually really funny.

I think intelligence is very sexygrin

soaccidentprone Tue 12-Feb-13 19:47:30

and Dr dre isn't a doctor nor is professor green a professorconfused

MechanicalTheatre Tue 12-Feb-13 19:50:07

What about Dr Fox?

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Tue 12-Feb-13 19:50:09

I've never heard of Professor Green.

Does he have a dodgy lip job along with Professor Cox?

springlamb Tue 12-Feb-13 19:52:35

Soaccidentprone, are you working up to tell me that actually, in fact, in all honesty, Doc-doc-doc-doc Doctor Beat [won't you help me Doctor Beat] is in reality, not a doctor at all?

blush Now I am just pure affronted at my thickness.


springlamb Tue 12-Feb-13 19:54:55

WHO Mrs Rajesh are you referring to? Dr Fox or my DH. Offence is taken [hoists bra straps and sniffs vehemently]

I have no idea, I haven't looked at DH's lips in yonks. (Since his hair was stolen)

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Tue 12-Feb-13 19:56:59

I was asking about Professor Green. Still don't know who he is.

Professor Cox may have had a lip job - possibly from the same surgeon Pete Burns uses.

Not talking about your DH, you can put your tits back down.


balia Tue 12-Feb-13 20:00:31

Is Professor Plum a real academic?

TunipTheVegedude Tue 12-Feb-13 20:00:40

Punch and Judy men are traditionally called Professor.
Perhaps science communication is his second foray into the entertainment industry.

I can't stand up I have a uti/kidney infection I think. It hurts to laugh. Could you lot please stop it. At once. Forthwith. grin

springlamb Tue 12-Feb-13 20:01:45

I think Professor Green may be the bloke who lives in Cluedo.

No, that's Professor Plum actually.

No idea at all.

linspins Tue 12-Feb-13 20:03:50

Check this out, it's hilarious. Will make you giggle at Brian Cox...

MechanicalTheatre Tue 12-Feb-13 20:04:06

OP, I still don't really understand what you thought.

Did you think they just called him Professor Brian Cox...I dunno, for a joke? As a nickname? Why?

Enquiring minds need to laugh know.

linspins Tue 12-Feb-13 20:05:11

hmmm, try again.

linspins Tue 12-Feb-13 20:05:50

Ok, link doesn't like me!!
Look at "wonders of the stoner system" on youtube.

I didn't realise there was another Brian Cox. I didn't know why they always said "professor" and didn't just call him Brian Cox I thought he was a pretentious fucker, like someone who always has to be called Sir someone

I am that thick. blush

And Brian and Professor Brian and assorted wives if you are reading I am very very sorry.

MySpecialistSubjectIsMN Tue 12-Feb-13 20:07:58

Professor Cox is a professor due to his work on the hadron collider.

He was also in D:ream.

Weirdly I'm not a fan.

I feel a n/c coming on blush

MechanicalTheatre Tue 12-Feb-13 20:10:05

But did you think he wasn't actually a professor?

TunipTheVegedude Tue 12-Feb-13 20:10:32

OMG he's 44 shock

I thought he was about 31.

I don't really know I just thought he was so up himself he wanted to be called professor all the time.

God I hope his wife isn't on here.

Tweasels Tue 12-Feb-13 20:11:52

MySpecialistSubjectIsMN. I read that as HARDON collider grin

Panzee Tue 12-Feb-13 20:12:31

Dr Fox is not a fox, no.

cakesonatrain Tue 12-Feb-13 20:12:36

Professor Brian Cox is not an astronomer/astrophysicist. He's a particle physicist.

And he has a funny face!

SavoyCabbage Tue 12-Feb-13 20:13:07

I have seen the Professor Green chap on Blue Peter. I think he was a rapper.

AmelieRose Tue 12-Feb-13 20:13:08

Professor Green is a rapper. Or he thinks he is. He started off doing comedy type rapping but now he's gone all serious.

He's going out with a lovely looking laydee who is in 'Made in Chelsea'. Much made in Heat etc not that I read it of course of them being mismatched as she's so fancy dan and he's from east London. <grabs pearls>

I don't watch MIC of course much

Tweasels stop it I am dying of embarrassment as it is grin

MySpecialistSubjectIsMN Tue 12-Feb-13 20:14:36

tweasels <arf>

I probably would have too, had I not written it grin

(all dirty minds think alike)

MechanicalTheatre Tue 12-Feb-13 20:16:26

But you do realise that they don't call him Professor Brian Cox just to differentiate from the other Brian Cox, right?

They just call him that because it's his name.

No. HIS NMAE IS BRIAN COX. They call him professor so we don't think they mean that other one.

MechanicalTheatre Tue 12-Feb-13 20:18:49

I'm pretty sure that's not why they call him that.

Oh fuck. NAME.

But then if they said "Brian Cox is our star in the reasonably priced car" we'd think they meant the physics one and be disappointed when it was the other one.


BrianCoxandTheTempleofDOOM Tue 12-Feb-13 20:20:09

so what's the consensus on Dr Who?


springlamb Tue 12-Feb-13 20:21:08

Don't be silly Savoy they don't have rappers on Blue Peter.

I'm sure it was just a sound glitch during one of Valerie and John's links, maybe Shep chewed a wire.

TunipTheVegedude Tue 12-Feb-13 20:21:24

They call him that because of the frisson provided by the contrast between the title and his ethereal beauty.

lostinindia Tue 12-Feb-13 20:21:28

He was in a band called D:Ream before he became an academic.

TunipTheVegedude Tue 12-Feb-13 20:22:25

But he wasn't a rapper?

I am really really confused now.

When Professor Brian Cox (who is a real professor) was on QI he said that the most common mispronunciation of the Large Hadron Collider was the Large Hard-On Colluder.

I don't fancy him hugely but I do find him funny.

DrGarnettsWinterMixture Tue 12-Feb-13 20:26:18

Who is the other Brian Cox? And they call him Professor because that's his title! It means we can safely believe stuff he says about space grin

phantomnamechanger Tue 12-Feb-13 20:26:20

I really don't see what's not to get - they refer to him as PBC because thats who he is, not so we realise it's not the other BC (who I have never heard of)

If you think they use the Professor prefix just so you know which one they mean, do you also think they refer to Sir Richard Branson so you don't think it's the bloke from our paper shop/uncle Jim's mate etc etc?

Dame, Dr, The Reverend, Professor - what's the difference - you use the persons title when you are talking about them/introducing them

lostinindia Tue 12-Feb-13 20:26:24

Prof Brian Cox was in D:Ream and he wasn't a rapper.

AmelieRose Tue 12-Feb-13 20:28:06

Tunip D:Ream did dancey music - do you remember 'Things Can Only Get Better'? Think it was wheeled out at some party conference a few years ago.

God I know some crap music.

OK I have admitted I am thick. blush

<slinks off>

I thought he was being a pretentious bugger and I couldn't understand why they didn't just say "physics expert Brian Cox" or whatever. Not ever single expert they get on the tele is professor this or doctor that.

See I know a Dr so and so and I just call him John. And I know a professor and don't call her by anything except her first name.

springlamb Tue 12-Feb-13 20:29:57

What did he actually do in D:ream please?
Sadly, because I am Home Alone tonight, I've just watched him on TOTP on 6 January 1994. Who is he please? He simply can't be the bassist with the locks. The drummer possibly but the face didn't look right? The keyboards guy is too large framed. And he cannot be the weasley looking singer.

Brian Cox - Scottish actor - played Hannibal Lecter - also in the Bourne films.

Professor Brian Cox - academic & real professor - does some tv work - was in D:ream ("things...can only get better...can only get better...)

Professor Green - rapper - not a real professor

Dr Who - a madman with a box

Drain Doctors - had to call them for my loo a year ago...

Beamur Tue 12-Feb-13 20:30:19

This thread has made my day grin

Think he played keyboards?

MavisGrind Tue 12-Feb-13 20:31:55

This thread has really made me giggle..

The wife of Brian Cox (the Prof one) wrote an interesting article a few years ago about what it was like to be the wife of someone who had started out in the same field as you and then became famous.

I think she ought to be a MNer. I'm sure she will have called her DH a cunt at some point.. who wouldn't

Shall we confuse things the op even more and discuss that fella from Blur who now has Afars & makes cheese? wink

Oh god I hope she's not Mavis. blush

Mrs Professor Brian I am very very very very sorry grin

Afars? a farm !!!!

Struffle Tue 12-Feb-13 20:36:23

he played keyboards according to something I saw on youtube the other day.

And no, I couldn;t recognise him either

Hulababy Tue 12-Feb-13 20:36:40

He played keyboard

MavisGrind Tue 12-Feb-13 20:37:44

Dont' worry freddie I'm sure she wonders why he is constantly called prof too!

springlamb Tue 12-Feb-13 20:39:05

Gosh, he's a good advert for the Paul McKenna hypnotic gastric band then isn't he? I'm off to find another video of the song. I would never have guessed...

pluCaChange Tue 12-Feb-13 20:39:35

The muso turned farmer: is that Alex Petridis? He also writes on fashion for the Guardian confused

Goddamed confusing Renaissance men...

Please someone say Emma Watson is going to become head of something random like the Dept for Work and Pensions?

Ponders Tue 12-Feb-13 20:40:04

my first experience of Prof BC was when he was on Any Questions in Accrington 4 years ago - DH & DD1 were in the audience or I wouldn't even have noticed

I thought he was fab then; the appeal has waned somewhat due to his ubiquitousness since then sad though I still love the youtube clip about the Mayan time thing "you would have to be a twat to believe that" grin

I was watching Top Gear on Dave. They said Brian Cox was going to be the Star in the Reasonably Priced Car. It was the wrong Brian Cox it was the other one.

And then I realised that was why they made a point of always calling him Professor Brian Cox.

springlamb Tue 12-Feb-13 20:42:29

Dear Professor Mrs Partner-of Cox
Actually I think he's been a great role model for a younger generation who might have considered particle physics kinda got in the way of having a great time while you're young.

Blimey, think of what Cliff might have achieved if Una Stubbs and her Big Red Bus hadn't got in the way.

To be totally honest. Not right then, it took me a minute or two. To realise.

MavisGrind Tue 12-Feb-13 20:43:48

freddie really now, shush, <strokes hair> it's an easy mistake...really,...

I'm fond of the Brian Cox references on Horrible Histories...

HolidayArmadillo Tue 12-Feb-13 20:44:14

Haha op you are making me howl. They call him PBC because that's his title and name! They are introducing him in a professional capacity. I'm sure Bob down the Crown and Anchor just calls him Coxy.

This thread has made me grin

Professor Brian Cox has icky big teeth and gives me the creeps. Don't get the whole science-boff crush on the guy at all.

And while we're at it, that Dr Gillian McKeith wasn't a real doctor and was told to stop using the title Doctor. She was just a poo pervert

LineRunner Tue 12-Feb-13 20:44:47

It says on the original sleeve notes for the D:Ream CD that he plays piano on it.

That means he plays the intro to Things Can Only Get Better.

He is better than the Disappointing Brian Cox I think.

MechanicalTheatre Tue 12-Feb-13 20:45:32

No, HolidayArmadillo, EVERYONE calls him Professor Brian Cox all the time.

He INSISTS on it.

Once, his small child called him "Daddy" and he hit.the.roof.

Am I honestly the only person to have thought he was just being pretentious?


RobinSparkles Tue 12-Feb-13 20:46:25

Wow, every day is a school day on MN! I knew that Prof Brian Cox was a professor... But he was in D:ream?!? You learn something new every day! I remember dancing to "Things Can Only Get Better" at my dance lessons when I was about 9!

I love the impression that they do of Professor Brian Cox on VIPs.

"Eiya, it's meee, Professor Briiian Cox!"

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Tue 12-Feb-13 20:46:27

What about Gilliam McKeith?

Didn't she pretend to be a doctor to flog jars of bird seed in Holland & Barratts at £7.99 a pop?

So Smelly he might not really be a Professor?

<head explodes>

springlamb Tue 12-Feb-13 20:47:51

You're such a card freddie!
You know and I know you knew it all along. In your usual manner you just wanted to spread a little sunshine.

[Loyal friend smile, I am the one who always says 'Bum - big? No way!]

OneHundredSecondsofSolitude Tue 12-Feb-13 20:48:10

I thought Anthony Hopkins was Hannibal lector confused

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Tue 12-Feb-13 20:48:24

Here he is:


Should we get the Style & Beauty ladies over to critique his suit?


Ponders Tue 12-Feb-13 20:48:34

Am I honestly the only person to have thought he was just being pretentious?

yes you were grin

(from Accrington Observer, Oct 2008:
'Manchester University physicist Professor Brian Cox, one of the principal scientists working on the CERN Large Hadron Colider in Switzerland')

HolidayArmadillo Tue 12-Feb-13 20:49:00

No, HolidayArmadillo, EVERYONE calls him Professor Brian Cox all the time.

He INSISTS on it.

Once, his small child called him "Daddy" and he hit.the.roof.

Bwahahaaaaaaa. Splutter. Snort.

PandaNot Tue 12-Feb-13 20:49:14

And he still does hold a professorship at Manchester University.

TunipTheVegedude Tue 12-Feb-13 20:49:32

Apart from them having different hair, he's a bit like Brian May really isn't he?

He's lost some weight since D:Ream shock

Mrs Professor Brian Cox you're not feeding him enough he needs some meat on those bones

Fuck did he work at CERN? :hangs head:

<takes Freddie under wing>

Prof Brian Cox is a real professor and possibly also a pretentious twat if as was said upthread he insists on his kids calling him that ^^ And he has icky teeth

t'Other Brian Cox - actor, not a professor

Dr Fox - not a Doctor, or a fox

Doctor Gillian McKeith - poo pervert

MechanicalTheatre Tue 12-Feb-13 20:51:08

Brian May is tory scum though, isn't he?

And I'm pretty sure PBC is a lefty.

Ponders Tue 12-Feb-13 20:51:35

Fuck did he work at CERN? :hangs head:

He still does I think, freddie grin

<goes to lie down in darkened room>


I am a prat. It's ok. I can admit it.

MavisGrind Tue 12-Feb-13 20:52:22

D'y'know, I was going to NC to ProfessorMavisGrind and insist that you all acknowledge my title in every posting - however after looking, I've realised I can't find how to namechange and have decided I probably therefore don't have the brains for the title.

<properly disapointed>

LineRunner Tue 12-Feb-13 20:53:18

That's not Brian Cox in that photo, that's the singer.

Ponders Tue 12-Feb-13 20:54:17

plus he does the Infinite Monkey Cage on R4

mind you that is very hard work to listen to hmm

SusieSusieSheep Tue 12-Feb-13 20:55:04

Is it really that pretentious to use your proper title if you're in the media? Like, to prove to the TV viewers that you do know a little bit about what you're talking about. Doesn't Professor Robert Winston use his title?

Well Susie that's just not the same thing at all grin

springlamb Tue 12-Feb-13 20:58:43

Blimey if it's keyboards, he's at the back there wearing a vest the type of which should not been seen outside of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I will not type the phrase. I am DiSaPpOiNtEd.
If he thought he could get away with it as all the attention would be on the One Suit Wonder, he better think again.

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Tue 12-Feb-13 20:59:05

Yes, realised that after I posted.

Worth it just for sighting of a genuine 90s suit though.

Prof Cox is at the back, on his diddy piano.


dawntigga Tue 12-Feb-13 20:59:50

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, this is to good not to share with Gia wink


springlamb Tue 12-Feb-13 21:00:32

I don't think it's pretentious at all.
If I'd been in a band with the One Suit Wonder, wearing That Vest, I might be inclined to ensure my credentials were on show at every opportunity. Up Yours, World.

ProfessorMavisGrind Tue 12-Feb-13 21:00:55

Ha ha! Have worked it out....

I feel sort of brainy now (but obviously can't spell)

LineRunner Tue 12-Feb-13 21:01:18

This is the link you want for a rare sighting of musical Coxy

Coxy is on in the stripey suit with the long hair right at the beginning on his keyboardy piano thing.

springlamb Tue 12-Feb-13 21:02:11

God we've missed most of the football. Isn't that great?

shrinkingnora Tue 12-Feb-13 21:02:22

Linerunner is right. That's Pete - he once bought me a pint of cider. Yum.

Ponders Tue 12-Feb-13 21:02:41


redlac Tue 12-Feb-13 21:02:45

Can you all stop dissing the original Brian Cox? he is a fabulous actor and IMHO a much better Hannibal Lector than Anthony FFFFFF Hopkins

Prof Brian Cox gives me the heebie geebies

Oh god, this is hilarious! grin

weegiemum Tue 12-Feb-13 21:04:08

I was convinced Dr. Seuss was a real (academic) Dr, but I was wrong.

He was real though.

No fucking way is he a PROFESSOR LineRunner shock

What is the world coming to ?

LineRunner Tue 12-Feb-13 21:04:31

Look at the You Tube link. Professor Brian Cox does a long hair flick.

The lady singer has a nice crochet suit on.

HellesBelles396 Tue 12-Feb-13 21:05:19

Probably, if Actor Brian Cox wasn't around PBC would just be called Brian Cox but as the johnny-come-lately of the Brian Cox subset of the human population, he needs "professor"ing so that people don't expect him to talk with a Scottish accent or pretend to eat people.

shrinkingnora Tue 12-Feb-13 21:05:31

ProfessorMavisGrind - don't you mean you feel a bit Briany?

TunipTheVegedude Tue 12-Feb-13 21:05:57

Dr Seuss wasn't a doctor? Are you sure?

Ponders Tue 12-Feb-13 21:07:24

I note that PBC is just called BC on the infinite monkey cage webpage

presumably because nobody would ever imagine it could be the other one (even without the photos)?

^^ what HellesBelles said

ProfessorMavisGrind Tue 12-Feb-13 21:07:39

Thankyou nora - I really concentrated when I posted that grin <feeling weight of title>

Ponders Tue 12-Feb-13 21:07:49

Dr Seuss wasn't even called Seuss! grin

Ponders my lovely. You have mail grin

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Tue 12-Feb-13 21:08:15

Do you reckon Mr. Cox insists on being called Professor.

Bit like Ross from Friends?


QOD Tue 12-Feb-13 21:08:19

Ah... S there's a professor Green who isn't a professor but is in a musical thingy?

That's me totally confused then.

I think it's professor Green I thought was a Professor. I didn't know professor plum Cox wasn't professor Green

LineRunner Tue 12-Feb-13 21:09:55

You don't have to be a Dr to be a Professor but it helps.

Suzieismyname Tue 12-Feb-13 21:10:09

no, Tunip, Brian May is 'just' a doctor...

I've always assumed that the media refer to him as Professor out of justified deference to the fact that he must be BLOODY CLEVER and is a recognised expert in his field so we should PAY ATTENTION! Like they do with Prof Marcus du Sautoy, Prof Richard Dawkins, Prof Mary Beard et al.

PickledInAPearTree Tue 12-Feb-13 21:10:25

Erm Brian cox, do you not like Brian cox?

I like his gentle soothing speech when he talks about sand particles of whatever. He looks kind.

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Tue 12-Feb-13 21:11:57

Is Brian May a doctor too??

How'd he fit that in along with guitar strumming and hair maintenance??

The world gets weirder and weirder.......!!


weegiemum Tue 12-Feb-13 21:12:50

Seuss was his middle name. I looked it up and everything. He started using it at college in the US to write for a magazine that he'd been banned from by the college authorities after he was caugh drinking gin.

<thinks that explains a lot about his books>

I really like him. He seems like a kind, quiet, intelligent, inoffensive bloke. Same as Nigel Slater, who most of MN seem to hate too. Bunch of vipers <walks off shaking head>

I knew Brian May was a Doctor. And he NEVER EVER EVER gets called Doctor Brian May.


TunipTheVegedude Tue 12-Feb-13 21:16:06

Brian May left an unfinished physics PhD to be in Queen, then a few years ago he went back and finished his thesis.

LineRunner Tue 12-Feb-13 21:16:13

Queen met at university when they doing Astrophysics degrees and PhDs and shit.

Just to throw some more confusion into the mix, I though Hannibal Lecter was played by SIR Anthony Hopkins?

There are lots of academics on the TV, most of them don't refer to themselves by their title - e.g., Doctor, Professor, etc. but people introducing them do.

I like Brian Cox. He's clever, funny and unpretentious. Particularly when verbally sparring with Ross Noble on QI.

BTW, I thought rappers were now MC's?

Freddie was at art college I think Line

I have a confession. It makes the whole thing even worse.

A million billion years ago back when the world was young and I was foolish I did recruitment. For a company which ended up supplying bits to CERN.

blush blush blush

FrillyMilly Tue 12-Feb-13 21:25:09

Are you sure he's the one on the right? I think he's the other keyboardist. The one in the blue shirt who isn't really seen much.

FrillyMilly Tue 12-Feb-13 21:26:47

Isn't Harry hill also a doctor?

marquesas Tue 12-Feb-13 21:28:09

freddie - did you see the news yesterday, the Pope who has decided to retire is a Catholic, who knew? grin


LostInWales Tue 12-Feb-13 21:28:53

Brian May got called Dr May when he was on Stargazing; Live on BBC two, by, wait for it, Professor Brian Cox grin

dawntigga Tue 12-Feb-13 21:29:40

Dear Op, I can tell you that his very lovely wife has read the thread. She calls him Dr Cox cos it sounds all pervy. She's got a really nice sense of humour as well.


Oh I wish I had never started this thread grin

Ponders Tue 12-Feb-13 21:30:01

the stripey one with the hair flick does look like him, frilly (blush on his behalf)

& Harry Hill is - well, used to be - an actual medical doctor

aftermay Tue 12-Feb-13 21:30:15

Brian May from Queen is the guy off Top Gear?

Tigga - blush you ARE joking, right?

Ponders Tue 12-Feb-13 21:30:30

freddie grin

redlac Tue 12-Feb-13 21:30:31

actor Brian Cox was the original Dr Hannibal Lector in Manhunter - which is based on the Red Dragon book. Ace film.

Harry Hill is a doctor

TunipTheVegedude Tue 12-Feb-13 21:31:03

hmm @ that photo.

You might not agree with Brian May's politics but at least he has been loyal to his hairdo.

Ponders Tue 12-Feb-13 21:31:13

that's James May, after (are you joking...???)

HolidayArmadillo Tue 12-Feb-13 21:31:45

Harry Hill IS a Dr. And is still registered with the GMC according to Wiki.

Hank Wangford is a gynae. Fact.

weegiemum Tue 12-Feb-13 21:31:45

Harry Hill is a medical doctor.
Dara O'Brien was a physicist but never got as far as being Dr.

WireCatWhore Tue 12-Feb-13 21:32:15

I have been reading the convo between Tigga & mrs cox!

dawntigga Tue 12-Feb-13 21:32:25

I think she's going to come and answer for herself.


LostInWales Tue 12-Feb-13 21:33:03

And Dara O'Briain has a degree in maths and particle physics from Dublin but is only Mr O'Briain. I saw Proff Cox on the infinite Monkey Cage tour a couple of years ago and once you get over the 'OMG, that's him off of the telly' he is an amazing, inspirational lecturer on space/big bang and all that. (I luffs him, I really do, clever men are so, so sexy)

Oh fuck.

Is she going to kill me and eat my guts for breakfast?

redlac Tue 12-Feb-13 21:35:09

How do you Nominate threads for Classics? smile

dawntigga Tue 12-Feb-13 21:35:27

No, she's lovely and gives him a much harder time than any of us. You should read the stuff she writes she's awesome! I followed her on Twitter way before I followed the very lucky man who married her wink


Ponders Tue 12-Feb-13 21:35:41

I remember Mrs Prof BC being featured in various publications when he became flavour of the month

I think she is a physicist (or something?) too but has got used to being sidelined

aftermay Tue 12-Feb-13 21:35:49

Ponders - you're right, I just got confused in all of this.

Is Lady Gaga nor a lady? How about Dr Avalanche (Sisters of Mercy)?

soaccidentprone Tue 12-Feb-13 21:36:24

so none of you watched this?

LostInWales Tue 12-Feb-13 21:37:05

Is she blush, do you get to have fab conversations with him? One of the things I love about my DH is when we go out for meals and end up discussing entropy or he explains maths stuff to me, he is a biochemist though and never finished his PhD but I still love him grin.

redlac Tue 12-Feb-13 21:37:08

Doctor and the Medics?
Doctor Hook?

soaccidentprone Tue 12-Feb-13 21:37:50

did you know that the Scissor Sisters aren't sistersshock

Ponders Tue 12-Feb-13 21:38:02

the invisible wife

hello, Gia grin

From now on Gia I'm going to just call him Mr Milinovich is that ok with you?


seeker Tue 12-Feb-13 21:39:47

He's also got a son called Moki. But I think it might be a step, which means he's American, so slightly excusable.

His wife is funny on twitter.

TomArchersSausage Tue 12-Feb-13 21:42:52

Colonel Sanders?

ProfessorMavisGrind Tue 12-Feb-13 21:42:57

that's the article I thought of...thought it was ages ago. Yes, having , in a small way, been the receiving end of this myself hello- --XH that article resonated with me.

Still. Now I have a self appointed Professorship 'til all ok..

GiaGia Tue 12-Feb-13 21:45:24

* waves * Brian's wife here. @DawnTigga told me about this thread on Twitter.

Yes, Professor is his actual title (see this for more info on the title: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professor#The_United_Kingdom.2C_Ireland_and_other_English_speaking_countries ). He was promoted to Prof in 2008. Before then, on tv, he was known as Dr. Brian Cox because, as SusieSusieSheep said, it shows tv viewers that you're an expert in the field (unlike Gillian McKeith who bought her "title" from a diploma mill).

Other things: he is a professor of particle physics at Manchester, not astro physics. He played keyboards in D:Ream, he wasn't the singer. He didn't get rich from D:Ream at all. In fact, the last royalty cheque I remember him getting was several years ago for about £4.

For the record, I call him Doctor Cox cos it sounds pervy. ;)

Oh god. My world has imploded.


I need to know though Gia. And thank you so much for coming on my thread and all <grovel grovel> but ... did you know there was another one??


MechanicalTheatre Tue 12-Feb-13 21:47:56


That awkward moment when you're talking about Professor Brian Cox and his wife walks into the room.

ProfessorMavisGrind Tue 12-Feb-13 21:48:24

ha ha ha freddie I don't suppose this is how you envisiged this thread panning out..! grin

The Thompson Twins - there were three of them and they weren't related

Thompson twins

Ponders Tue 12-Feb-13 21:49:10

oh how wonderful

the last few posts have made me actually LOL

thanks, freddie & Gia grin

To be honest Professor Mavis, no not really.


ProfessorMavisGrind Tue 12-Feb-13 21:49:23

I really can't fucking spell.

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Tue 12-Feb-13 21:49:44

I had no idea there was another one.

Am not embarrassed by that though.

All of my knowledge comes from Mumsnet so unless someone starts a thread about something I am unaware of it's occurance.


dawntigga Tue 12-Feb-13 21:49:50

freddie you're welcome.


ProfessorMavisGrind Tue 12-Feb-13 21:50:55

it's the fact you're still suprised that there are two freddie and now, you're even asking his wife

Love this thread grin

Suzieismyname Tue 12-Feb-13 21:51:57

well there was a mildly funny bit on one of those Stargazing' programmes last month when Dara O'Briain made a BIG point of saying Professor Brian Cox, Dr/Prof Somebody I Can't remember, Dr Brian May AND - pause- Phil Jupitus...

TomArchersSausage Tue 12-Feb-13 21:52:38

Blimey Charlie rl has hadron collided with mnshock

From now on, every time they say "PROFESSOR Brian Cox" I shall think in my head "No, he's not he's MR GIA"


marquesas Tue 12-Feb-13 21:53:30

This is just too funny.

What a fantastic world we live in nowadays when someone can start a convo about someone else and within no time a Twitter shout out has their wife signed up and posting in reply.

Gotta love the www.

Love this thread! Might just have to put a request in for it to be moved to Classics...

LineRunner Tue 12-Feb-13 21:58:38

Gia, did you ever chance to read the Ode To Brian Cox thread which is now in MN Classics?

I thought my efforts on that were extraordinary.

I shall have to change my name. blush

ProfessorMavisGrind Tue 12-Feb-13 21:59:22

There is an element of "I AM CANADIAN" to it grin

Ponders Tue 12-Feb-13 22:00:34


at least we weren't all ripping into the Prof like that squeaky Jon Ronson thread that had his missus after our guts

that one was really classic grin

ProfessorMavisGrind Tue 12-Feb-13 22:00:50

I'm watching a flooding program on Ch4 and the last line was (wait for it)

Things can only get wetter grin grin grin

SoftKittyWarmKitty Tue 12-Feb-13 22:00:54

What a brilliant thread grin. I knew PBC was a real Professor and I knew there was an actor called Brian Cox. However I had no idea just how bloody funny it would be when someone didn't OP.

What's the betting Gia is off browsing MN now and will become an addicted regular grin.

I think I may actually start crying with laughter soon!

Love how Gia likes to be pervy! smile

SoftKittyWarmKitty Tue 12-Feb-13 22:02:14

I heard that too Mavis. Nearly spat out my tea at the sheer hilarity.

FiercePanda Tue 12-Feb-13 22:02:17

OP, behold! A handy guide just for you.

Brian Cox, Scottish Actor. He's been in Troy, Braveheart, The Ring, Frasier and Deadwood, amongst many other things.

Brian Cox, Professor, Keyboardist, Hair Model. Knows lots about particle physics. Educates the nation via the wonders of his Wonders programmes.

olgaga Tue 12-Feb-13 22:03:09

I thought Anthony Hopkins was Hannibal Lecter?

Brian Cox the actor is nearly 70 years old! How could you get the two mixed up? grin

foslady Tue 12-Feb-13 22:03:25

OMG - best thread EVER! thank you so much for the laughs, the OMG's and most of all to you Giagia for the post that nearly made me drop my laptop!!!! grin

And I never knew the D:Ream bit!!!!

TunipTheVegedude Tue 12-Feb-13 22:03:53

Well, why would anyone rip into Prof Cox? That would be like kicking a puppy. (A very intelligent puppy who is good at making science understandable and communicating excitement about the mysteries of the universe.)

grin I didn't get them mixed up. I didn't know there was an acTOR called Brian Cox and I thought that was why they always made a point of calling MrGia "Professor"

<keeps on digging that hole>

Ponders Tue 12-Feb-13 22:06:38

<passes freddie a bigger shovel>

redlac Tue 12-Feb-13 22:07:12

Brian Cox was Hannibal Lector is Manhunter - 1986 film based on Red Dragon

redlac Tue 12-Feb-13 22:07:36

In Manhunter not is Manhunter

GiaGia Tue 12-Feb-13 22:08:10

LineRunner, I try not to read too much about him especially on forums. People are weird and talk about him like he's not a real person and, well, I don't really want to read that stuff. For example, I'd heard about the Jon Ronson thread (Jon and Elaine are good friends) and I completely understand her reaction. eg someone in this thread doesn't like Brian's teeth, another thinks he's had a lip job (really?!) another doesn't like his hair and all I think is 'Yea?! Go on, show me a photo of your husband and I'll happily pick him apart for you.' wink

FiercePanda Tue 12-Feb-13 22:09:20

Science is bloody brilliant though, isn't it? Seriously, between Prof Cox befriending a baby tiger and talking about carbon in Wonders and David Attenborough talking to a blind baby rhino (and the baby rhino responded!) in Africa last week I'm a huge gibbering mess of "THE UNIVERSE IS AMAZING, I LOVE ALL THE THINGS!" Although, my normal reaction when watching Wonders is something akin to this.

Ponders Tue 12-Feb-13 22:09:28

the Jon Ronson thread

his wife posts under "heston" (no idea why. maybe she used to peel his potatoes)

I don't know who Jon Ronson is either and I'm sooooo not going there grin

LineRunner Tue 12-Feb-13 22:10:56

Oh Gia, it was all good about Brian in the Odes. grin

I've got the original D:Ream CD. £4, eh? I got a £20 royalty cheque for a textbook once. Paid for a massive pizza in a time of austerity!

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 12-Feb-13 22:11:18

Will your DH come on MN for a webchat?

olgaga Tue 12-Feb-13 22:11:40

redlac I didn't know that - I loved that book. Not sure if I've seen the film!

FrillyMilly Tue 12-Feb-13 22:11:49

I can understand not reading about him online and especially forums. As much as I know my DH does not appeal to everyone I would find it difficult to read criticism of him.

Now thanks to you I have a new found respect for Yoko Ono (and all invisible wives).

FiercePanda Tue 12-Feb-13 22:11:53

Smooth, Olivia, real smooth. wink

Oh fuck Olivia's here <hangs head in shame>

dawntigga Tue 12-Feb-13 22:13:01

TBH I've met loads of famous people and the only person I ever got fangirl gushy about was David Attenborough, I think I actually told him I wished he was my dad! blush IME if famous peeps appear nice they usually are nice.


redlac Tue 12-Feb-13 22:13:31

olgaga it's a great film - bit dated and 80s looking now but still good

Ponders Tue 12-Feb-13 22:14:01

no shame, freddie!

<rolls on floor>
<but very quietly>

Gia, please do read the Ronson thread. it's really not that unkind. heston's response was seriously OTT grin

dawntigga Tue 12-Feb-13 22:14:16

OLIVIA! I did not bring Gia over here so you could pimp her for Mr Gia.


LineRunner Tue 12-Feb-13 22:14:52

Gia should do a web chat.

ProfessorMavisGrind Tue 12-Feb-13 22:15:37

Really freddie. Is that hole not that roomy enough?

Started posting a whole arts vs sciences shit thing but was too dull

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Tue 12-Feb-13 22:15:52

I'd get gushy over David Attenborough too.

He films baby turtles running towards the sea..!



dawntigga Tue 12-Feb-13 22:16:15

Olivia you should have Gia on with for a web chat with a ban on asking questions about Mr Gia as she's much more interesting.


GiaGia Tue 12-Feb-13 22:16:37

LineRunner, even if it's all good, it's still WEIRD.

Look: storify.com/giagia/this-is-what-i-see

What Frilly said! smile

SusieSusieSheep Tue 12-Feb-13 22:16:39

This is mega. I just want to point out that I studied physics at Manchester before it was cool. So there.

I agree with Tigga. Or if that professor person is allowed on for a webchat he has to be Mr Gia grin

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 12-Feb-13 22:17:25


OLIVIA! I did not bring Gia over here so you could pimp her for Mr Gia.


grin Just doing my job, though.

GiaGia - Mumsnet would like to cordially invite MrGia on to MN for a webchat.

If you think this is something he would be interested in, could you perhaps ask
his people to get in touch with our people, er, remembers we don't have people us? Contactus@mumsnet.com

Thanks ever so much.

Trills Tue 12-Feb-13 22:20:02

They don't call him Professor to differentiate him.

They call him Professor to emphasise "he is clever and you should pay attention" when he is on educational shows.

They would do it even if there was not another one.

SoftKittyWarmKitty Tue 12-Feb-13 22:20:15

That's right Olivia, strike while the Fe iron's hot grin.

ProfessorMavisGrind Tue 12-Feb-13 22:20:29

And once again....the wife is approached to get to the perceived important husband....

gia - stick around though MN is A Good Place!

QOD Tue 12-Feb-13 22:21:12

So, professor Green isn't a professor?

bit slow

GiaGia Tue 12-Feb-13 22:21:17

Olivia I'll ask (he's away filming right now).

FiercePanda Tue 12-Feb-13 22:21:36

I for one would welcome a web chat from Gia herself, rather than bypassing her to get to her husband.

dawntigga Tue 12-Feb-13 22:22:00

I'd rather have Mary Beard than Mr Gia tbh.


Trills Tue 12-Feb-13 22:22:38

And it's probably not even his choice.

That's if he can face us lot after reading all about himself on here <cos I bet he's reading over GiaGia's shoulder, waves>, then freddie can ask the man himself if he knew there was another Brian Cox!

Trills - I get that now grin I was being a bit dim. I am not, obviously, a Professor grin

Trills Tue 12-Feb-13 22:24:08

I don't think Mary Beard vs Bran Cox is an either/or choice. Are clever people rationed or something? They are quite different.

FiercePanda Tue 12-Feb-13 22:24:50

Now... Is Tinie Tempah actually tiny? Does Dizzee Rascal have trouble with vertigo? Does Rita Ora have a sister called Kia? A nation must be told.

Oh yes I need to know did HE know there was another one?

grin blush I wouldn't dare, I think I have humiliated myself quite enough for one lifetime blush

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 12-Feb-13 22:25:01


I'd rather have Mary Beard than Mr Gia tbh.


ta da

Oh god. Imagine the phone call. Gia to MrGia "There's this nutter on a forum thinks you're 70"


Ok so he's not reading now, but bet he will when he next gets home.

BrianButterfield Tue 12-Feb-13 22:26:29

Can someone tweet Doctor Fox's wife? I need her to clear some things up for me.

Beamur Tue 12-Feb-13 22:26:33

My DD age 5 absolutely loves Prof. Brian Cox - she must have been watching the Wonders of the Universe on TV while DP and I neglected her and sat downstairs drinking wine and she ran in with her arms in the air and started saying it was 'amazing' and repeating all the bits she has just watched on TV.

MechanicalTheatre Tue 12-Feb-13 22:27:01

Fierce I saw Tinie Tempah in the flesh once and almost died from lust and he was quite a normal height. In fact, he was relatively tall.

Suzieismyname Tue 12-Feb-13 22:27:14

you can tell I did Maths in Manchester because every time someone says differentiate Professor Brian Cox I keep thinking they're going to slice him up into infinitessimally small pieces...
Sorry if that's too weird, Gia... blush

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 12-Feb-13 22:27:45


That's right Olivia, strike while the Fe iron's hot grin.



Olivia I'll ask (he's away filming right now).

Thank you very much. We promise not let the MNers "atom"
grin wink

dawntigga Tue 12-Feb-13 22:28:15

Olivia that was months ago and she's had all that online abuse since then and has just got another 'healthy' bloody dollop of it today! I might be a lovely/great/wonderful idea to get a bunch of opinionated/strong/women to talk about the online abuse they get based on gender.


FrillyMilly Tue 12-Feb-13 22:28:28

Perhaps they could do a joint web chat?

LineRunner Tue 12-Feb-13 22:28:30

Imagine being the Disappointing Brian Cox at a dinner party and people not understanding why you can't talk engagingly about infinity.

FiercePanda Tue 12-Feb-13 22:28:41

My DS asked us to get him got himself a (cheap) telescope with birthday/Christmas/lost tooth money after watching Stargazing Live. The geek pride seeps out of my every pore.

Frilly -what, both Brian Cox-es? grin

domesticslattern Tue 12-Feb-13 22:29:35

Hello Giagia <waves>
nice to see you here - though you've been amongst us before on Brian Cox threads, in disguise, no? smile
Am a massive fan of your DH and was gutted in particular not to be able to get tickets to see him in conversation with the artist Mori as that would have been so interesting! But I must admit that when I see him zipping round the world filming on every continent i think of you missing him at home! I find it tedious enough when my DH goes away for just a couple of nights...
<thanks Tigga for bringing Gia over!>

BrianButterfield Tue 12-Feb-13 22:31:13

I volunteer my services for a Brian-y web chat if needed. Although I am not a professor, and my real name may or may not be Brian.

ProfessorMavisGrind Tue 12-Feb-13 22:31:26

Line I dream of being the disappointing Brian Cox. However, I can talk for about infinity..

PickledInAPearTree Tue 12-Feb-13 22:32:54

Heavens above!

grin Brilliant.

I'd love to see a webchat with GiaGia - have you read her blogs?! smile

Beamur am now imagining (Prof) Brian Cox presenting a rival programme to Nina and the Neurones, that could work actually. Could call it Brian and the atoms, or Cox and the Collider.

GiaGia Tue 12-Feb-13 22:34:34

domesticslattern I remember a thread several years ago that I was told about on Twitter, but don't remember if I posted in it or not. I've not pretended to be anyone else in one though...

PickledInAPearTree Tue 12-Feb-13 22:35:58

Prof Cox & the particles.

I said nice if not slightly creepy things about your husband gia. My partner is a bit of a fan of his.

dawntigga Tue 12-Feb-13 22:36:03

BrianButterfield I don't follow either Neil Fox of his wife Vicky (not even sure Vicky has a twitter account) but I'm PRETTY sure this is his twitter account if you want to do it yourself.......


FrillyMilly Tue 12-Feb-13 22:37:09

I think it would be far too confusing to have two Brian coxes on a webchat even with the Professor title to tell them apart!

I think it's quite unmumsnet to ask Gia to ask her husband to do a webchat especially when she is clearly a successful woman in her own right. I'm assuming MNHQ did not read the invisible wife article linked to up thread? <dons feminist hat>

How do I twitter? I have got an account but I have no idea what to do

dawntigga Tue 12-Feb-13 22:38:41

if we're doing webchat requests can I have Nathan Fillion please? And also, there should be a webchat. He's funny and in Castle if you need a reason.


I mean I just got an account and I don't know what to do. Other than make a twit of myself which I have done quite comprehensibly this evening blush

AlphaAndEcho Tue 12-Feb-13 22:40:35

Love this thread !!!

fierce actual lol @ rita oras sister kia !! gringrin
gia I love your DH i saw him on johnathan Ross the other week that experiment was hilarious !! My DH calls him "your [my] man dr cox"blush

DontEvenThinkAboutIt Tue 12-Feb-13 22:48:45

This is a brill thread. I didn't know there were two Brian Cox either blush

Actually there are loads and loads of them.

And there are loads of assorted Coxes
Captain Coxes
Major Coxes,
Reverend Coxes,
Lord Coxes

JoInScotland Tue 12-Feb-13 22:50:18

It's to differentiate him from my FIL, who is Dr. Brian Cox.

Oh fuck there's more of them?? grin

domesticslattern Tue 12-Feb-13 22:53:16

Giagia thank you for replying, yes yes, it was years ago <though those threads do come round pretty regularly!>
Am off now to peruse your tweets- just as soon as I've settled this pesky baby....

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Tue 12-Feb-13 22:53:50


Lots of Cox.


MmeLindor Tue 12-Feb-13 22:54:11

thank you so much for this thread. It is utterly brilliant.

Olivia / Gia
Could we have Gia on for a webchat? I read her article a while back (about being 'Mrs Cox') and thought she sounded very interesting.

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 12-Feb-13 22:54:53


I think it's quite unmumsnet to ask Gia to ask her husband to do a webchat especially when she is clearly a successful woman in her own right. I'm assuming MNHQ did not read the invisible wife article linked to up thread? <dons feminist hat>

I had not at the point read the Graun piece and apologise for being opportunist.
I was directed to the thread by someone who had nominated it for Classics and I speed read it.
It is NEVER my intention to offend a MNer


Well Don'teventhinkabout doing a Dave Gorman and visiting all the Brian Coxes then Mr Gia, could take a long time, hope he's ex directory otherwise he could get a gaggle of MNeters on his doorstep soon.

Well I am off to bed you lot and to change my name

blush and grin

And Gia - thank you for not being offended and feeding me my guts and don't worry, I know who he is now. He's not Professor Brian Cox, he's Mr Gia grin

Hassled Tue 12-Feb-13 23:03:37

Best thread in a long while - thanks Freddie, Gia and all grin

dawntigga Tue 12-Feb-13 23:05:29

It's mostly why I am cross Olivia!


MmeLindor Tue 12-Feb-13 23:08:43

Don't be too cross at Olivia, DawnTigga. She is not well and should be elsewhere. And I did see a request a few days ago asking for Prof Cox to do a webchat.

<strokes Olivia's brow and makes a hot toddy>

LineRunner Tue 12-Feb-13 23:10:15

I'd like Olivia to do a webchat one day.

PickledInAPearTree Tue 12-Feb-13 23:11:05

Aw Olivia did apologise, and there is another thread in site stuff now.

We'd all love Gia to do a chat too - but if you skim read this one it was pretty light hearted and about prof cox and I can see why she said it.

If I have another dream about hanging curtains with Prof Brian Cox I will blame this thread. grin

nametakenagain Tue 12-Feb-13 23:23:01

OliviaMN. I'm joining the band that thinks you slipped up on this one.

BUT you redeemed yourself by not only recognising the slip but apologising.

<returns to thinking Olivia is an inspiration>

LineRunner Tue 12-Feb-13 23:25:01

Gia there's a lot of cognitive dissonance in the world (re the strange love of strangers for your Doctor Cox) as I have learned from some very interesting threads on MN.

I hope you do come here again and maybe do a webchat about being a physicist.

I will never ever live this down will I? blush

nametakenagain Tue 12-Feb-13 23:45:42

Seconds LineRunners call for a webchat with Gia

cakesonatrain Wed 13-Feb-13 00:23:32

SusieSusieSheep - me too!
I did my PhD based at Jodrell Bank. I love seeing the place on the telly when they do Stargazing Live smile

sashh Wed 13-Feb-13 05:33:50

Is Dr. Dre an actual Doctor?

I had a mouse called Dr Squeak - she wasn't a real Dr, but she did plan to take over the world.

dawntigga Wed 13-Feb-13 06:49:54

sashh do you think your mouse and my hamster called Dr Dr were in league with each other?


Oh my goodness I adore this thread.

I love the idea of webchats, both for GiaGia and MrGia, separately of course.

I do have to thank MrGia for reigniting my dormant love of physics and communicating physics 15 years after I finished my Masters. He's got me all excited about Hadrons again...

It's all Jeremy Clarkson's fault. If he had made it clear which Brian Cox it was none of this would have happened <throws arms in the air dramatically>

ProfessorMavisGrind Wed 13-Feb-13 09:03:06

I think a lot of things can be blamed on Jeremy Clarkson. <helpful>

jamaisjedors Wed 13-Feb-13 09:53:43

Definitely agree with Frillymilly - get Gia on, much more interesting.

jamaisjedors Wed 13-Feb-13 09:57:10

And much more MN may I say?

Oh my goodness this thread is amazing. Gia should definitely have a webchat.

Freddie if it makes you feel better, a tv company hired my workplace to film a show presented by Brian Cox and I was so excited to meet him (and may have made a right old song and dance about it in the weeks leading up to said filming) and, well, as you may have guessed it was not the Prof. so I looked like a right idiot on the day wondering who the old chap wandering around was. Turned out to be a delightful man though.

BrianCoxandTheTempleofDOOM Wed 13-Feb-13 12:31:51

<dies a little inside>

I'm not horrible really and in fairness didn't expect his wife to turn up.


I am forever BrianCox on MN and for that reason, he shall hold a schpeshial place in my heart. I'm sure he's lovely really <steals Freddie's shovel>

soaccidentprone Wed 13-Feb-13 13:29:55

did anyone hear prof cox on 6 music this morning. he was stuck on the Scilly isles due to the fog?

if it's on a podcast I seriously suggest you listen. it was v v funnygrin

(well it made me laugh)

Ponders Wed 13-Feb-13 13:37:02

Shaun Keaveny podcast

it's a 3-hour programme though...

LaQueen Wed 13-Feb-13 13:40:08

I would like an in-depth discussion with Professor Cox, with regards to his Large, Hard-On Colluder...

soaccidentprone Wed 13-Feb-13 13:46:23

think pbc was on about 2 1/2 hours into the show

LaQueen Wed 13-Feb-13 13:49:55

Sorry, that should have read 'Large, Hadron Collider'


So, which Brian Cox was it on Top Gear? I'm confused as I'm sure I have seen Professor Brian Cox on it, but from what Freddie is saying, it seems to have been the other one, hence the disappointment.

(Of course, they might both have been the Star in the Reasonably Priced Car.)

LaQueen Wed 13-Feb-13 13:57:02

I can't be arsed to read the whole thread...were there actually people who didn't know he'd actually studied Physics at university, got his PhD, and then was made up to a Professor hmm

aPseudonymToFoolHim Wed 13-Feb-13 14:00:18

YY myspecialistsubject
I was going to say the same, he was the keyboard player in D:ream who did the song that the labour party tused for their theme tune in 1997 Things Can Only Ge Better

GrimmaTheNome Wed 13-Feb-13 14:01:11

It must be a bit odd for the actor Brian Cox - for years he was the only famous one (I think he's played God) and now he's been ousted by someone else.

lljkk Wed 13-Feb-13 14:27:19

I thought he became a professor because of his work to promote public understanding of science and enthusiasm about science, not Prof'd from the actual science he's contributed to from own research. Either that or it turns out to be a lot easier to become a Prof in physics than any other subject. Still an important contribution I think he's done much better at than almost anyone else in recent years.

seeker Wed 13-Feb-13 14:36:33

I thought he was a proper Prof? He's published loads.

I Heqd the other BC talking very amusingly about being asked onto Question Time and he is pretty sure they booked the wrong one.....

Um, he's a Professor from Manchester University who works on the ATLAS experiment at CERN and publishes research pretty prolifically. In addition to that he seems to do all the stuff around communicating science, his broadcasting stuff and teaching at Manchester.

He seems fairly busy to be honest.

GrimmaTheNome Wed 13-Feb-13 14:43:13

Slightly hard to tell from a very quick Google Scholar search... there's quite a few scientists of that ilk.

I didn't even google blush

<Sticking to story that it's all Clarkson's fault>

lljkk Wed 13-Feb-13 16:18:45

He's only first author on 4 pubs listed for 2009-2012. Or did I read that wrong? So badly formatted I can't see journal titles, even. confused

Who remembers how to find impact factors for individual academics? I don't.

I don't want to diss his contributions, but I still think his professorship was awarded for the value of his public roles (and good on those who recognised the value of them).

LineRunner Wed 13-Feb-13 16:40:37

Gia said he was Professorised in 2008.

He's part of the ATLAS group which publish isn't he? Manchester University list publications with his name on here

Sorry, just noticed that's the same list.

DontEvenThinkAboutIt Wed 13-Feb-13 16:55:54
bruffin Wed 13-Feb-13 17:06:28

Apart from them having different hair, he's a bit like Brian May really isn't he?

Do you know Brian May is official a Dr Brian May with a phd in astrophysics from Imperial ?

TunipTheVegedude Wed 13-Feb-13 17:09:41

Yes, that was my point smile

It was well cool when May went back and finished his thesis.

Look. Can we just let this thread die a dignified death please? grin

NewYearNewBoo Wed 13-Feb-13 17:32:24

I'm sorry Freddie, I don't think this one is going anywhere except classics grin

I'm going to have to change my name. blush

Brekekekex Wed 13-Feb-13 17:42:08

lljkk - re publications, at his senior level it's expected that he would be last author on papers, not first. This reflects that he had the greatest contribution to the ideas/direction of the project. It's unusual for professors to still be first author on the majority of their papers, at least in the sciences.

soaccidentprone Wed 13-Feb-13 17:45:57

but this is so funnygrin

lljkk Wed 13-Feb-13 17:48:13

So please find which of his publications (ever, presumably after his Rock & Roll days?) were the important influential ones? What did he submit for his last 2 RAEs?

NicholasTeakozy Wed 13-Feb-13 17:52:46

He was brilliant and informative on The Last Leg.

lljkk what are you trying to show here? He publishes as part of the ATLAS team. Have a look at one of the papers. They all have about 140 co-authors

Brekekekex Wed 13-Feb-13 17:58:19

Er, I think I have better things to do! Just saying you wouldn't expect first author pubs. Plus you can see journal titles on that list, and a quick glance at the first handful shows several PRL, Phys Rev, Eur Phys J, all highly respected journals. Furthermore, a lot of his work at CERN will be done as part of a huge collaboration, and those papers often have alphabetical author lists, so again, you're unlikely to see "Cox et al".

Can I remind you all to be nice please his wife is a MNetter to my utter mortification

NewYearNewBoo Wed 13-Feb-13 18:26:29

Well I have to say (and not cos wife is lurking), we luffs Mr Gia in the boo house though sometimes we only understand about 33% of what he is talking about grin

TheDoctrineOfSciAndNatureClub Wed 13-Feb-13 19:58:33

This looks like a good thread on which to savour Freddie's embarrassment promote the Science and Nature Club topic:

Shameless Plug

dawntigga Wed 13-Feb-13 20:34:40

freddie you can never change your mn name, you are now a legend!


GrimmaTheNome Thu 14-Feb-13 00:21:32

Brekekekex, lljkk - yes, mostly alphabetical with colossal author lists - Aad is a lucky name for a physicist, its like being AA taxis in yellow pages grin

GrimmaTheNome Thu 14-Feb-13 00:23:59

TheDoctrine - you should ask MNHQ to relocate this thread to Sci&Nature.

ToomuchWaternotWine Thu 14-Feb-13 01:35:03

Ladies who skim read thread then argue over his professorship, perhaps you'd like to check with his WIFE the lovely giagia who came onto this thread?!

Second calls for Gia for a webchat. Then maybe, just maybe Mr Gia if they can't get Mary Beard back again

lljkk Thu 14-Feb-13 07:12:54

I quite honestly wanted to understand the magnitude of his contribution was to science, that's all. The Profs I know worked 60 hour weeks as lecturers/Readers for 10-20+ yrs to get to be Profs, plus a handful who very cannily produced especially influential research at a relatively young age. So I thought BC must have produced some especially canny research relatively young, which made me wonder just what it was that he'd done that was so clever, but I guess I don't understand what it is (maybe it's beyond me to get it, anyway).

Then I thought I read something about him getting his Prof-ship due to "contributions to promoting the understanding of science" which was cool, too.

Now I've clocked Giagia's msgs but still none the wiser. But if it's any comfort, I've lost interest. It's not important.

Trills Thu 14-Feb-13 08:16:53

I think individual universities are allowed to hand out their professorships as they see fit. Often it's a "most senior or most influential researcher in this subject that we have", which would fit the 20-30 years leading a group, but I don't think they have to say why they give them.

They don't have many so they wouldn't fling them around willy-nilly, of course.

GrimmaTheNome Thu 14-Feb-13 08:21:17

Profs are like policemen - they get younger all the time.

Trills Thu 14-Feb-13 08:27:31

I have one good Brian Cox story - Gia can tell us if it's true.

The Danny Boyle film Sunshine (which I highly recommend) is set on a spaceship and Cillian Murphy was one of the potential actors to be the onboard physicist.

Someone (for the sake of the story I usually say it was Danny Boyle) says "Physicists don't look like that".

Guess who rocks up and says "Hi, I'm your physics advisor"?

TheDoctrineOfSciAndNatureClub Thu 14-Feb-13 08:54:27

Yeah, I know one who is a similar age to MrGia - and he's had a second career strand for years and years too.

But there are professors specifically of scientific communication Etc - Richard Dawkins was Oxford's Professor for Public Understanding of Science for years.

OscarPistoriusBitontheside Thu 14-Feb-13 09:16:12

GiaGia thanks for being in the thread, and a bloody good sport. When will he be back on campus and does he for open lectures? I'd definitely attend! (Doesn't study physics, but does study history and proudly totes a purple bag with his name on it, available from the library for a mere £3!)

foslady Thu 14-Feb-13 10:16:03

Don't know if GiaGia is still about, but if you are, have you seen I fucking Love Science on Facebooks valentines post - great drawing of Mr GiaGia in amongst some of the other scientists with a valentines message!

ToomuchWaternotWine Thu 14-Feb-13 15:48:17

trills that is brilliant! About Sunshine.

LaQueen Thu 14-Feb-13 18:37:17

I fell in luff with Prof Cox, when he made that brilliant observation regarding the Muppets who buy into all that astrology nonsense:

"People who believe in astrology, clearly just aren't very good at thinking'

Genius smile

jamaisjedors Thu 14-Feb-13 19:09:04

lljk my DH is a professor (just qualified last week proud). He is 45. I work at a university and know of several professors younger than him.

PhD's etc. tend to take fewer years for scientists (3 rather than 4-5 for "literary" subjects.)

TheDoctrineOfSciAndNatureClub Thu 14-Feb-13 19:19:42

Congrats to MrJamais!

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 15-Feb-13 16:08:02

Hello. We're going to move this thread to Science and Nature Club at TheDoctrineOfSciAndNatureClub's the OP's request.

LineRunner Fri 15-Feb-13 16:10:27

I am verey pleased that there is a Science and Nature Club, and that Gia is now an early contributor.

Oh my goodness. This thread is going to haunt me hang around forever like a bad smell

blush grin

Ponders Fri 15-Feb-13 16:45:50


Ponders Fri 15-Feb-13 16:55:55

"you would have to be a complete twat" at 1.25

makes me LOL every time

also this one

"all we knew was that it was red" at 0.30

he is v v v entertaining!

soaccidentprone Fri 15-Feb-13 17:31:58

those YouTube clips are priceless.

let the thread stay forevergrin

soaccidentprone Fri 15-Feb-13 17:34:31


you are infamous (and a good sport despite some mild ribbing)

have a glass of wine

perhaps this will become common useage a 'freddieism'

grin well it was harmless and not meant maliciously grin and yes, I am thick and not a Professor

I'd like to see Gia on for a webchat

GrimmaTheNome Fri 15-Feb-13 17:54:23

Being moved to Science&Nature is so much classier than mere Classics

Well, obviously Grimma, mere Classics is so passe and last year.

MavisGrind Fri 15-Feb-13 18:11:49

Good thread move freddie Glad to see it alive, well and it would seem immortal <rubs it in>.

I have had to demote myself. The expectation was too great and someone called me professor on another thread and it didn't seem right. smile

TheDoctrineOfSciAndNatureClub Fri 15-Feb-13 18:14:11

Thanks for being a sport Freddie thanks

Gee thanks <accepts flowers>

NicholasTeakozy Fri 15-Feb-13 19:48:18

Have some ex-presidential thanks from me too freddie. It's a very entertaining thread.

Gia, do please come on MN for a webchat.

I think Gia was actually the better sport. grin

jamaisjedors Sat 16-Feb-13 08:49:17

thedoctrine - ahh thanks!

"a melon doesn't bounce"

PMSL literally

Did you spot the stormtrooper at the side of the road, Freddie?

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