Mike Lemonick

Michael D. Lemonick recently retired from his position as Chief Opinion Editor at Scientific American, where he solicited and published Op Ed style essays written by expert authors in science, technology and health. Prior to that, he wrote for the nonprofit Climate Central, and before that, for Time magazine, where he wrote more than 50 cover stories on topics in science, health and the environment including astronomy, physics, climate change, health and perhaps most notably, in 1994, on the dual threats of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and newly emerging viruses—and, in 2003, on the narrowly avoided SARS pandemic. He has also written on a freelance basis for National Geographic, Smithsonian, The New Yorker and many other magazines. Lemonick, who received an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University in 1983, is the author of seven books; the most recent on the neuroscience of memory and amnesia. He is a two-time winner of the AAAS science writing award, and the American Institute of physics science writing award. He teaches courses at Princeton University on science journalism and on the intersection of science and the media. Lemonick is a member of the National Association of Science Writers, on whose board he served for a decade.