Freelance science journalist

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – I’ve worked in science communication since 1989. Having set out as a chemist, I quickly realised I was better at the writing part than the rolling up the labcoat sleeves and mucking about with test-tubes. I spent a few months working and travelling in the USA and on my return I landed a job in Cambridge with the Royal Society of Chemistry as a technical editor initially and got a good grounding in working with the scientific literature as well as beating other people’s words into shape.

I realised technical editing wasn’t for me and took an extended trip to travel Australia with my (now) wife. On my return, I steadily built up my freelance writing portfolio. You can see a list of past and present clients with whom I’ve worked over the last quarter of a century and they range from the daily papers and popular magazines to the likes of Science, Nature and PNAS. I’ve written news, views and features, reported from conferences and interviewed many leading scientists.

A small selection of the books and multimedia to which I have contributed during almost a quarter of a century in science communication

My creative side is also fulfilled by playing guitar (been doing that since I was 12) and songwriting, singing with a community choir (bigMouth is in its 6th year), photography. I have a separate site for all that stuff: Songs, Snaps, Science.

Awards I have received

  • Winner – 1992 Daily Telegraph Science Writer of the Year
  • Runner-up – 1995 Chemical Industries Association (CIA) Awards
  • Commendation – 1997 UK Medical Journalism Awards
  • Shortlisted – 2001 Pirelli science multimedia awards
  • Finalist – 2008 weblogawards
  • Finalist – 2008 – Twitter Shorty Awards
  • Runner-up – 2010 Research Blogging awards
  • Deceived Wisdom submitted to the 2013 RS Book Prize
Journalism (A-M):

  • Alchemist, ChemWeb.com
  • American Scientist
  • Analysis Europa, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry, American Chemical Society
  • BioMedCentral
  • BioMedNet
  • BioTechniques
  • Caltech – Loh Down on Science
  • Cambridge Adhoc City
  • Cambridge Evening News
  • Channel 4 TV Books
  • Chemical Society Reviews, RSC
  • Chemical Structures Association
  • Chemical Technology Europe
  • Cheminfo, Indiana Uni
  • Chemistry & Industry, Society of Chemical Industry
  • Chemistry in Australia
  • Chemistry in Britain, RSC
  • Chemistry in New Zealand
  • Chemistry Review, York University
  • Chemistry Matters in Pharma
  • Chemistry Views
  • Chemistry World
  • Chemnews, Camsoft
  • Complexus
  • CWMT, Chemconnect
  • Daily Telegraph
  • Diabetes World
  • Discovery Channel
  • Drug Discovery Today
  • (The) Economist
  • Education in Chemistry, RSC
  • Enigma
  • Environmental Science & Technology, ACS
  • (The) European
  • European Chemical News
  • European Chemist
  • Euroscientist
  • Featurewell
  • FirstScience
  • Focus
  • Gas Jar
  • GESource
  • Guardian
  • Hazards International
  • HMSBeagle, BMN.com
  • Home Healthcare Magazine
  • Liverpool Echo

Technical Editing:

  • Chemical Communications
  • Chemical Society Reviews
  • ECHET
  • ECTOC
  • Faraday Transactions
  • Natural Product Reports
  • Perkin Transactions

Radio Appearances:

  • BBC Radio 5 Live
  • BBC Radio Cambridge
  • Geordie Boffin Podcast
  • Greater London Radio

Radio Research:

  • BBC Radio 4

Website Design:

  • Actua International Ltd
  • Arthur Cutter Campaign
  • CDTS UK Hydroseeding Co
  • Chemindustry.com (editor)
  • Cottenham Primary PTA
  • Cottenham Swimming Pool
  • DND Stationery
  • ECTOC Internet Confs (editor)
  • FACT Ltd
  • Fen Edge Cinema Club
  • Fen Dial-a-Ride
  • Imaging Storm
Journalism (N-X):

  • Modern Drug Discovery, ACS
  • Molecule of the Month, Bristol University
  • Molecular Medicine Today
  • NASA
  • New Elements, RSC
  • New Scientist
  • Nextwave, AAAS
  • Performance Chemicals
  • Pharmaceutical Science & Technology Today
  • Pharma Frontier
  • American Physical Society
  • PhysicsDirect
  • Planet Science
  • Popular Science
  • Practical Parenting
  • Pulse-Project.org
  • RAFT
  • Reactive Reports – chemistry
  • Resonant – NMR
    spectroscopy
  • Royal Society
  • Scenta
  • Science magazine, AAAS
  • ScienceCareers.org
  • ScienceNOW
  • Science Online, Actis
  • Science Reporter, ABSW
  • Science Writers, NASW
  • Scientific Alliance
  • Scientific Computing World
  • (The) Scotsman
  • ScienceDirect
  • scienceinschool.org
  • She magazine
  • SpectroscopyNOW
  • Spinneret Chemistry News
  • Spectral Lines
  • Spotlight-physical science news
  • Surgery Door
  • Technology Ireland
  • Technology Review
  • The Scientist
  • THES, Times Higher Education Supplement
  • ThomsonReuters
  • Today’s Chemist at Work, ACS
  • Tomorrow’s World Mag, BBC
  • WebElements News
  • What PC?
  • Windows User Magazine
  • Wireless Europe
  • WritingScience.co.uk
  • X-factor – X-ray news

Books edited/authored/contributed:

  • Deceived Wisdom
  • Bedside Book of Chemistry (Quid, 2011) with Robert Slinn and Joel Levy
  • Adam Hart-Davis’ Science (Dorling)
  • Chambers Biographical Dictionary (chemistry)
  • Hutchinson Science
    Dictionary
  • Hutchinson Gallup 94
  • Ivy Press – A Brief History of Science
  • Modern-World Encyclopedia
  • Oxford University Press

Copywriting:

  • AlphaGalileo
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • BP Review
  • Chemical Industries Association
  • CLRC
  • Dorling Kindersley
  • EPSRC Newsline
  • EPSRC Spotlight
  • EPSRC Website and literature
  • Eurekalert
  • European Science Foundation
  • IMP Science
  • Inderscience Journals
  • Institute of Physics
  • International Union of Crystallography
  • Johnson & Johnson Review
  • Leicester University
  • KDM Communications
  • King’s College London
  • Learning Multimedia
  • Microsoft Encarta
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC, UK)
  • PNAS
  • Science Museum, London
  • Royal Society of Chemistry Public Relations

Memberships

  • Association of British Science Writers
  • US National Association of Science Writers
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (CChem MRSC)