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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 got a job in Cambridge with the Royal Society of Chemistry as a technical editor quickly learning how to beat other people’s words into shape.
I did some freelance writing for New Scientist and other publications and built up a portfolio that led me to going freelance full-time a short time later. You can see a list of the magazines, papers and sites I’ve written for below. I’ve written news, views and features, reported from conferences, interviewed many leading scientists and helped establish various early science news websites.
- 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
- Association of British Science Writers
- US National Association of Science Writers
- Royal Society of Chemistry (CChem MRSC)