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Quentin Cooper

London, UK
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Expert speaker on communication & public understanding of science

Outstanding moderator

Presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Material World (1999-2013)

“The world’s most enthusiastic man… an expert on everything from pop music to astrophysics” – The Times

“Quite the best thing on radio” – Bill Bryson

Quentin Cooper is one of the UK’s leading commentators on science and its public understanding; he is renowned for his expert facilitation and mediation. Best known as presenter of Radio 4’s flagship science magazine The Material World (1999-2013), Quentin has become one of the UK’s most recognisable voices on science and technology.

Quentin has written and presented many TV and radio series including: Connect, Catalyst, Logged On and Strictly Conventional; New Scientist Reports on the Discovery Channel; the long-running Science Fix for BBC Knowledge; Science in Action and Soundbyte for the BBC World Service; and The Formula and Big Byte for 5Live. He continues to present science documentaries for Radio 4 and host BBC World Service’s broad-spectrum discussion programme The Forum.

Noted for his expert moderation, Quentin also speaks at science festivals and lectures, and frequently works with science and educational organisations such as the Royal Society and the British Council. In 2013 alone, he hosted and facilitated over 100 events and programmes in Europe and beyond, working for such diverse employers as the British Embassy, BP, and the Royal Society.

Quentin is also an excellent keynoter, with speech topics including key trends in science and technology, science and the media, and the public image of scientists.

In 2013 he was award an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Edinburgh, in recognition of his “major contribution to the public understanding of science and engineering”. He was also given an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from Heriot-Watt University and in 2012 was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Our Comment

"Quentin is passionate and highly knowledgeable communicator of science. As well as being renowned for his meticulous preparation and timekeeping, his contagious enthusiasm enlivens the most complex of topics and he is excellent at drawing the same from those he moderates."

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