In a gallery at the Art Institute of Chicago hangs Edward Hopper’s most famous painting, Nighthawks. You know the image: Three customers—two men in fedoras and a red-haired woman—sit lost in their thoughts in a harshly-lit diner while outside its large window an empty street corner unfurls into shadow.
When most Americans think of popular stargazing scientists, they think of Carl Sagan, who popularized astronomy through his 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Or Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist who rebooted the series in 2014 as Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. But over on the other side of the Atlantic, Brits have their own scientific superstars.