Mark Henderson, the Science Editor of The Times, is an award-winning journalist who has twice won the prestigious Story of the Year prize at the Medical Journalism Awards. He takes a particular interest in the politics of science, genetics, and reproductive and regenerative medicine.
His first book, 50 GENETICS IDEAS YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW was published by Quercus in 2009. His second book, THE GEEK MANIFESTO, which examines the relationship between science and politics and an emerging movement of scientific activism that promises to transform it, will be published by Bantam Press in spring 2012.
Though not a scientist by training – Mark has a double first in Modern History from Balliol College, Oxford – he has covered science for The Times since 2000, building a reputation as one of the UK’s most respected and best connected journalists in the field. As well as covering science news, he is a regular contributor to the Times comment pages – recently honoured as the UK’s best. He played a pivotal role in founding Eureka, the paper’s monthly science magazine, for which he writes features and a regular column about science and politics.
Mark is an accomplished broadcaster on both television and radio, whose recent appearances include BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC4’s Dinner with Portillo, BBC Breakfast, Sky News, LBC and BBC Radio 4’s Material World. He is also an eloquent and authoritative public speaker who is a regular panellist at live events at the Royal Institution (where he was recently a guest curator), the Wellcome Collection and the Cheltenham Science Festival. His freelance writing includes recent work for the British Medical Journal, Prospect and the Royal Society’s 350th anniversary programme.
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