Inspired by… Black Women in Science: Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock – Space Scientist
Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock Ph.D., MBE has overcome everything she was told she shouldn’t: Black, female, and dyslexic. The British space scientist and science communicator serves as an amazing inspiration for young girls who have even the smallest interest in science and/or technology. We do exist.
Now 44 years old, Dr. Maggie attended 13 different schools, taking mostly remedial classes, to finally reach her dream career. It appears that a huge difference maker was the encouragement from her father.
With a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Physics, Dr. Maggie builds equipment, such as satellites, that go out into space. As a science communicator, she translates the complexities of science for everyone to understand.
In 2011, Dr. Maggie presented BBC 2‘s Do We Really Need The Moon, just after giving birth to her daughter Lauren, to explain the moon’s affects on Earth. One day, Dr. Maggie hopes to visit the moon herself.
Watch Dr. Maggie explain her fascinating story below.