Roger Highfield: 80 per cent executive at the Science Museum Group / 20 per cent author, journalist and broadcaster. Views expressed here are 100 per cent his own.
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Roger Highfield was born in Wales, raised in north London and became the first person to bounce a neutron off a soap bubble. He was the Science Editor of The Daily Telegraph for two decades and the Editor of New Scientist between 2008 and 2011. Today, he is the Director of External Affairs at the Science Museum Group. Roger has written seven books and had thousands of articles published in newspapers and magazines. Here's more of his CV
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Born 1958 in Wales
Live in Greenwich, London, with my wife and two children.
Here is an interview with bang!.
Here is an old interview with null hypothesis.
Find out what inspired me.
The spoof Telegraph front page that marked my departure after 22 years.
The spoof New Scientist front page that marked my departure after three years.
My last issue of New Scientist. The brilliant cover was created by Art editor Craig Mackie.
Christ's Hospital, Horsham (69-76) MA (chemistry, 76-80, Oxford University) and Dphil (neutron scattering from thin films, 80-83), Oxford University, also working at Unilever, Southampton University and Institut Laue Langevin, Grenoble, France. Research on specular reflection of neutrons (supervisor Dr R K Thomas FRS).
Domus Scholarship, Pembroke College Oxford (1977); Visiting Sabbatical Fellow, Balliol College, Trinity 1994, Queen Elizabeth Hour, Oxford University, Trinity 1989
Fellow, Royal Society of Biology
R.R Highfield , R.P Humes , R.K Thomas, P.G Cummins, D.P Gregory, J Mingins, J.B Hayter, O Schaerpf, Critical reflection of neutrons from a soap film, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Volume 97, Issue 2, February 1984, Pages 367-373
R.R. Highfield, R.K. Thomas, P.G. Cummins, D.P. Gregory, J. Mingins, J.B. Hayter, O. Schaerpf, Critical reflection of neutrons from Langmuir-Blodgett films on glass, Thin Solid Films, Volume 99, Issues 1-3, Pages 165-172
A. Hampshire, R.R. Highfield, B.L. Parkin, A.M. Owen, Fractionating Human Intelligence, Neuron, 2012 Volume 76 Issue 6 Pages 1225-1237
Peter V Coveney, Edward R Dougherty, Roger R Highfield, Big Data Need Big Theory Too in press with Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series A; DOI 10.1098/rsta.2016.0153
Clinical reporter on Pulse, magazine for general practitioners (83-84); news editor of Nuclear Engineering International (84-86).
Joined The Daily Telegraph in 1986 as Technology Correspondent. Technology Editor in 1987. Became Science Editor in 1988.
Became Editor of New Scientist in 2008. Left in 2011.
External examiner, City University (2010-2011).
1980s, for Economist, Guardian, New Scientist, Sunday Times and Observer. Esquire columnist in 1993 and Esquire science editor 1996-98. Columnist for High Life. Since then, also written for The Spectator, Conde Nast Traveler, Science, Newsweek and the Evening Standard.
Regular contributions to BBC radio, notably Scope, Acid Test, Science Now, Leading Edge, the Infinite Monkey Cage and Museum of Curiosity.
Winner and runner up/shortlisted in various awards including the British Press Awards; Medical Journalists Association; Association of British Science Writers. Shortlisted, New Consumer Editor of the year, BSME Awards. Shortlisted, BSME Editor of the Year, newspapers and current affairs. Awarded the 2012 Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar prize lecture. On the Evening Standard's list of 1000 most influential Londoners 2012.
Cambridge and Cheltenham Science Festivals. Tribeca Film Festival, New York. QM2. Royal Institution. Royal Society. Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Hay, Cheltenham, Oxford and Edinburgh Book Festivals. Festival della Scienza, Genoa. Various discussions, including at the Royal Society, Science Museum and 10 Downing Street. Association of Science Education. Chatham House. Interview Lectures with Walter Isaacson, Ben Miller, Tim Hunt, Andre Geim, and Venki Ramakrishnan. Awarded the 2012 Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar prize lecture. Keynote speaker at the annual summit of the Science Foundation Ireland. Co-curator, TedX London 2016.
Chaired the Campaign for Science and Engineering debate among science spokesmen.
Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture (with Simon Singh)
Royal Society Science Policy Advisory Group.
Judge of the British Press Awards, 2013.
Member of the Advisory Committee for the Science Museum, London.
Member of Advisory Committee for Mosaic.
I sat on the Science and the Media expert group
Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering's Communications and Public Engagement Committee.
Former Member of HPA's Health Protection and Society Advisory Group.
Former Member of the Bioscience Futures Forum.
Former member of the Royal Society Science in Society Committee.
Former member of the the Advisory Council for Chemistry, Oxford University, and British Association for the Advancement of Science public affairs committee 1987-1993.
Former member of the Royal Society/British Association/Royal Institution Committee on the Public Understanding of Science.
Advisor to the Cheltenham Science Festival, FameLab and Imperial College science communication course.
Established Visions of Science and science writer competitions and helped to organise LiveLab/Megalab mass experiments with the BBC.
Judge of the science category of the Morgan Stanley Great Briton Awards
Judge for Samuel Johnson Prize 2010
Member of the Advisory Council for the Campaign for Science and Engineering.
Judge for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize 2011.
Judge for the 2013 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.
Judge for the 2013 ABSW Awards.
Judge for the Eurostem Cell Non Fiction Writing Competition.
Member of the Longitude Prize Committee.
Judge, MRC Max Perutz Science Writing Award, 2013.
Judge of British Press Awards 2013, 2014.
Judge of Institute of Physics/STFC Physics Journalism Prize 2015.
Books (UK editions)
The Arrow of Time; The quest to solve time's greatest mystery (WH Allen) 1990
The Private Lives of Albert Einstein (Faber) 1993
Frontiers of Complexity: The Search for Order in a Chaotic World (Faber) 1995
Can Reindeer Fly? The Science of Christmas. (Metro) 1998 (W&N) 2001.
The Science of Harry Potter: How Magic Really Works (Headline) 2002.
After Dolly: The uses and misuses of Human Cloning (Little Brown) 2006.
Supercooperators: The Mathematics of Evolution, Altruism and Human Behaviour (Or, Why We Need Each Other to Succeed) (Canongate) 2011.
Books (External Editor)
A Life Decoded; My Genome My Life (Allen Lane Science) 2007
Life at the Speed of Light (Penguin) 2013