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About me


I present science programmes on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service, and my writing has appeared all over the world, including in New Scientist, the Guardian, Science, Wired, Wallpaper, Vogue, GQ and the Economist

My latest book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story, will be published by 4th Estate in June 2017. My first book, Geek Nation, was published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2011.

In 2015 I won the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Kavli Science Journalism gold award for a BBC Radio 4 documentary I presented about birdsong and human language. In 2012 I won the Association of British Science Writers’ award for best news story, for a feature in The Guardian about the misuse of statistics in courtrooms. And I was named Young European Science Journalist of the Year by the Euroscience Foundation in 2009.

I started my career with ITN on its prestigious news trainee scheme. After that, I joined the BBC as a news reporter, where my six-month investigation into bogus universities featured on the flagship national News at Ten and won a Prix Circom European television news award

I have a Masters in Engineering from Oxford University, and a second Masters in Science and Security from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Between 2012 and 2013 I was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US.
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