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 all 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…

2018 talks and events

On March 5th, I’m delighted to be taking part in the Chief Scientific Officer’s annual conference at the Royal Society in London. The panel is titled Why Data Matters, and will be focusing on the value and benefits of cohort and population based studies. The whole event spans 5-6 March…

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