Professor Carl Sagan's renown series Cosmos was first broadcast on PBS in 1980. Prof Sagan brought the world of science to many households and was probably one of the world's earliest celebrity scientists.
Some thirty years later, his footsteps have been followed by Professor Brian Cox, with a series on BBC called Wonders of the Solar System.
Prof Cox has been dubbed the 'rockstar physicist'; while completing his PhD, he was also member of a successful pop group, D:Ream.
Unfortunately, there are not enough scientists who are household names, unlike entertainers and so-called 'supermodels' and 'celebrity chefs'.
- personal website of Brian Cox
- article in The Observer
- article in Daily Mail
Professor Brian Cox deserves to be more famous than Paris Hilton.