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