Cocks was educated at Felsted School and Hertford College, Oxford.  After military service in Malaya he became a research student at Oxford, before joining the Natural History Museum in 1962. From 1970 to 1983 he served as a geologist with the Royal Engineers. He has served as president of the Geological Society, Palaeontological Association, Palaeontographical Society and Geologists' Association.
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