Brian Clegg (writer)
Brian Clegg (born 6 May 1955) is an English science writer. He is the author of popular science books on a topics including light, infinity, quantum entanglement and surviving the impact of climate change, and biographies of Roger Bacon and Eadweard Muybridge.
Born in Rochdale, Lancashire, Clegg was educated at Manchester Grammar School and went on to read Natural Science (specializing in experimental physics) at Cambridge University. After graduating, he spent a year at Lancaster University where he gained a second MA in Operational Research, a discipline originally developed during the Second World War to apply the power of mathematics to warfare. It has since been widely applied to problem solving and decision making in business.
From Lancaster, he joined British Airways, where he formed a new department tasked with providing all PC hardware, software and consultancy to the airline. When this was successfully running, he set up the Emerging Technologies Group, a team of the most eccentric but talented staff in the company, who researched and trialled technologies from fingerprint recognition to electronic cash. This emphasis on innovation led to training with Dr. Edward de Bono, and in 1994 he left BA to set up his own creativity consultancy, running courses on the development of new ideas and products, and the creative solution of business problems. His clients include the BBC, the Met Office, British Airways, GlaxoSmithKline, Sony, Royal Bank of Scotland and many other blue-chips.
Clegg is a regular speaker and has spoken at a range of venues, from Oxford and Cambridge universities to the Dana Centre at London's Science Museum. His book A Brief History of Infinity was launched with a sell-out lecture at the Royal Institution in London. He is also a regular contributor to both radio and TV programmes and writes regular columns, features and reviews for numerous magazines and newspapers, including PC Week, Computer Weekly, Personal Computer World, BBC History Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Chemistry World, Physics World, Nature, Playboy, Wall Street Journal, The Times, The Observer and House Beautiful.
Clegg is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. His 'Ecologic' won the 2009 IVCA Clarion Award, while 'A Brief History of Infinity' and 'Dice World' have been on the longlist for the Royal Society's book prize. In 2013, he was featured as a question on the BBC quiz show University Challenge and also appeared in the Christmas edition of the show, representing Lancaster University alongside actor Roger Ashton-Griffiths, presenter Ranvir Singh and food writer Matthew Fort.
- Final Frontier: The Pioneering Science and Technology of Exploring the Universe. St. Martin's Press. 2014. ISBN 978-1-250-03943-9.
- The Quantum Age. Icon Books. 2014. ISBN 978-1-84831-664-5.
- Extra Sensory. St. Martin's Press. 2013. ISBN 978-1-250-01906-6.
- Dice World. Icon Books. 2013. ISBN 978-1-84831-516-7.
- Gravity: How the Weakest Force in the Universe Shaped Our Lives. St. Martin's Press. 2012. ISBN 978-0-312-61629-8.
- Introducing Infinity. Icon Books. 2012. ISBN 978-1-84831-406-1.
- The Universe Inside You. Icon Books. 2012. ISBN 978-1-84831-353-8.
- Exploring the Universe. Vivays Publishing. 2012. ISBN 978-1-908126-16-0.
- How to Build a Time Machine. St. Martin's Press. 2011. ISBN 978-0-312-65688-1. UK edition: Build Your Own Time Machine. Duckworth Publishing. 2012. ISBN 978-0-7156-4290-0.
- Inflight Science. Icon Books. 2011. ISBN 978-1-84831-241-8.
- Armageddon Science. St Martin's Press. 2010. ISBN 978-0-312-59894-5.
- Before the Big Bang. St Martin's Press. 2009. ISBN 978-0-312-68028-2.
- Ecologic. Eden Project Books. 2009. ISBN 978-1-905811-25-0.
- Upgrade Me. St Martin's Press. 2008. ISBN 978-0-312-37157-9.
- The Global Warming Survival Kit. Doubleday. 2007. ISBN 978-0-385-61260-9.
- The Man Who Stopped Time. Joseph Henry Press. 2007. ISBN 978-0-309-10112-7.
- Getting Science. Routledge. 2007. ISBN 978-0-415-42199-7.
- The God Effect. St Martin's Press. 2006. ISBN 0-312-34341-8.
- A Brief History of Infinity. Constable & Robinson. 2003. ISBN 1-84119-650-9.
- The First Scientist. Constable & Robinson. 2003. ISBN 1-84119-618-5.
- Light Years. Piatkus. 2001. ISBN 0-7499-2197-8. new edition: Light Years. Macmillan Science. 2007. ISBN 978-0-230-52725-6.
- http://www.brianclegg.net Biographical details from Brian Clegg's website
- Clegg, B: "A Brief History of Infinity". Constable & Robinson, 2003
- Clegg, B: "The Quantum Age". Icon Books, 2014
- Brian Clegg's website
- Brian Clegg's blog
- Feynman got it wrong article by Clegg on Roger Bacon's place in the history of science
- Interview with Brian Clegg on Keeper of the Snails
- Brian Clegg at Library of Congress Authorities — with 30 catalog records