- A member of the Irish pop band D Ream.
- Had a number one hit, Things Can Only Get Better, in 1994.
- Played the keyboard for the rock band Dare in the 1980s.
- Appeared on many programmes for the BBC radio and television, including In Einstein's Shadow, the BBC Horizon series.
- Presented a five-part BBC Two series, Wonders of the Solar System in 2010.
- Given talks at TED on the LHC and particle physics.
- Cox appeared as a guest at Patrick Moore's 700th episode anniversary of The Sky At Night.
- Appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's 2010 Birthday Honours for services to science.
- Won the Institute of Physics Kelvin Prize in 2010.
- Married Gia Milinovich, who was working at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN when a documentary was being made.
- Supporter of the British Humanist Association.
- Lifelong Oldham Athletic F.C. fan.
- University of Manchester, Manchester, England
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