Science journalist, author and communicator

About Me

Hello, and welcome to my website. I’m Chief Magazine Editor for Nature, the world’s leading science journal, where I oversee its journalism and opinion content. I’m also a journalist, science communicator and author: my popular science book, The Life Project, was published in 2016. It was named best science book of the year by The Observer, and was a book of the year for The Economist. Please browse my site and feel free to get in touch!

The Life Project

The Life Project is about a remarkable series of scientific studies that have tracked generations of children growing up in Britain over the last 70 years. I spent about five years of my spare time researching and writing the book about these amazing studies, called the British birth cohorts. Today, the people in them are some of the best-studied people…

Forthcoming talks and events 2019

I’ll be attending the TEDSummit 2019 in Edinburgh from July 21-25. It’s for the 1000 or so people who’ve been particularly involved and influential in the TED community over the last few years, including former speakers like me. I’m really grateful to have been invited and am looking forward to…

My TED talk: Lessons from the longest study on human development


“The greatest scientific experiment in modern British history…Fascinating, shocking, heartening.”

Dominic Sandbrook, The Daily Mail

“Eye-opening, extraordinary insights into ordinary lives”

Isabel Berwick, Financial Times