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Quentin Cooper

Quentin Cooper Conference Host

Described by The Times as both “the world’s most enthusiastic man” and “an expert on everything from pop music to astrophysics”, Quentin Cooper is one of the most familiar and popular voices of science and technology.

A regular presenter of The Forum on BBC World Service, he spent over a decade fronting the UK’s most listened to science show, the live weekly Material World on BBC 4 – hailed as “quite the best thing on radio” by Bill Bryson and the most accessible, funny and controversial science programme on radio” by the Radio Times.

Quentin’s also had a long-running column at the BBC Future website linking science and fiction, was editor at the Radio Times for both technology and music and for many years also managed to be film critic for Radio 5Live and Radio 2’s Michael Parkinson show. Besides his BBC work he’s presented and been a regular contributor to science, technology, arts and entertainment programmes on Channel 4, the Discovery Channel, ITV and other channels, and written for a range of national newspapers.

Quentin’s “major contribution to the public understanding of science & engineering” has been formally recognised in recent years with honorary doctorates from Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt universities, as well as being made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.